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Deer lottery held, antlerless licenses remain

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website,

More than 2,800 antlerless deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses.

The first lottery application process — deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner — had more than 107,000 applicants, and just under 53,000 were unsuccessful.

An option for unsuccessful applicants to apply online for remaining licenses will be available Tuesday. Paper applications for remaining licenses will be mailed to individuals the week of Aug. 7. The deadline for applying is Aug. 30.

Pronghorn applications due Wednesday

Prospective pronghorn hunters are reminded the deadline to apply for the 2017 hunting season is Aug. 2.

Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,, or by calling 800-406-6409. Paper applications are available for printing off the website, and from license vendors.

A total of 410 licenses are available in five open units – 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A and 4C. All licenses are valid for any pronghorn.

Swan hunt applications available online only

Swan hunters who are interested in applying for a 2017 license must submit an online application through the state Game and Fish Department’s website, Paper applications are not available this year.

North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30. The deadline for applying is Aug. 16.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Sept. 30 – Dec. 31. A total of 2,700 licenses are available. 

Early Canada goose season announced

North Dakota’s early Canada goose season is set, and bag limits and licensing requirements are the same as last year. However, the west boundary of the Missouri River Canada Goose zone, north of N.D. Highway 200, is extended to N.D. Highway 8.

The season will open Aug. 15 and continue through Sept. 15, except in the Missouri River Zone where the season ends Sept. 7. The early Canada goose season has a limit of 15 daily and 45 in possession.

Small game and furbearer regulations set

North Dakota’s 2017 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.

Notable changes include:

• Fur harvesters will have an opportunity to take river otters, with a season limit of 15 taken by traps or cable devices. A limit of one per person is allowed during this season.

• Snares (cable devices) must be permanently affixed with a metal or plastic tag to include the person’s name, address and telephone number, or an equipment number.

• The delayed pheasant opening area in Williams and McKenzie counties is eliminated. The pheasant season will open statewide Oct. 7.

• Prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.

• Nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 7-13.