NDGF releases tentative opening dates for 2018 hunting seasons

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To help hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2018, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2018 include:

• Spring turkey: April 14

• Archery deer and pronghorn, and mountain lion: Aug. 31

• Sharptail grouse, ruffed grouse, Hungarian partridge and squirrel: Sept. 8

• Youth deer: Sept. 14

• Youth waterfowl: Sept. 15

• Early resident waterfowl: Sept. 22

• Regular waterfowl and youth pheasant: Sept. 29

• Pronghorn gun: Oct. 5

• Regular pheasant: Oct. 6

• Fall turkey: Oct. 13

• Deer gun: Nov. 9

• Deer muzzleloader: Nov. 30

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