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Deer archery season opens Aug. 31

North Dakota’s deer archery season opens at noon Aug. 31 at noon and continues through Jan. 6.

Bowhunters can buy a license online at the state Game and Fish Department website,, by calling 800-406-6409 or at vendors linked to the Game and Fish Department’s online licensing system.

Hunters who purchase bow licenses at a vendor location will receive a tag at time of purchase; otherwise, hunters who purchase their license over the phone or personal computer should allow for several days to receive their tag in the mail. A general game and habitat license is also required for archery hunters and must be purchased prior to receiving the archery tag.

Federal duck stamp required Sept. 1

Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are reminded a federal duck stamp is required beginning Sept. 1. Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots.

The electronic stamp is a purchase item like any other hunting or fishing license. When the purchase is completed the electronic stamp is valid immediately. The words "Federal Duck Stamp" will be printed on the license certificate, along with an expiration date 45 days from the date of purchase. The actual physical stamp will be sent by postal mail.

The federal duck stamp costs $25. An additional $1.50 fee is added to cover shipping and handling costs of the actual physical stamp. 

Dove season opens statewide Sept. 1

North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting.

The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 29.

All dove hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a general game and habitat license, regardless of age. In addition, hunters ages 16 and older need a small game license.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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