North Dakota deer hunting seasons set, applications available

Staff reports
Farm Forum

The 2017 deer season is set in North Dakota, with 54,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,500 more than last year. North Dakota’s 2017 deer gun season opens Nov. 10 at noon and continues through Nov. 26.

Online applications for regular deer gun, youth, muzzleloader and resident gratis licenses are available through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at Also, paper applications will be at vendors throughout the state by mid-May. The deadline for applying is June 7.

Nonresidents must apply online at

A new law passed by the North Dakota State Legislature allows youth who turn 11 years old before the end of the calendar year to receive a whitetail doe license that’s only valid for the youth deer hunting season. Hunter education is not required until the youth turns age 12.

State law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver’s license number or a nondriver photo identification number. Applications cannot be processed without this information.

Gratis applications received on or before the regular deer gun lottery application deadline will be issued an any-legal-deer license. As per state law, gratis applications received after the deadline will be processed based on licenses remaining after the lottery.