North Dakota’s 2019 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations have been set, and most season structures are similar to last year.

Noteworthy changes include:

• Opening day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents is Sept. 21. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 28.

• The daily limit on pintails is reduced from two to one.

• The river otter season limit is increased from 15 to 20.

• The fisher trapping season is expanded statewide except for Bottineau and Rolette counties, which remain closed.

• The tree squirrel season is extended to Feb. 29.

• Veterans and active-duty members of the Armed Forces who possess a resident hunting license may hunt waterfowl Sept. 14-15.

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

Hunters and trappers can find the North Dakota 2019-20 Hunting and Trapping Guide on the state Game and Fish Department’s website, at www.gf.nd.gov. Printed guides will be available at vendors in mid-August.

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