Published August 1, 2022

Pronghorn Apps Due, Seasons Set

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Pronghorn Applications Due Aug. 3 

The deadline to apply for the 2022 pronghorn hunting season is Aug. 3. Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The pronghorn license fee is $30 for 16 and older, and $10 for under 16. Applicants must be at least 12 years of age on or before Dec. 31. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply. 

Small Game, Waterfowl, Furbearer Regulations Set 

North Dakota’s 2022 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are set, and most season structures are similar to last year. 

Noteworthy items include: day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents is Sept. 24. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 1. 

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

Pre-charged pneumatic air guns are legal for taking weasel, mink, muskrat and mountain lion. 

Reporting harvest of bobcats, mountain lions, fishers and river otters can now be done online by visiting My Account at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. 

Hunters and trappers can find the North Dakota 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Guide, which includes upland game, migratory game bird and furbearer/trapping regulations and other information, on the Game and Fish website. Printed guides will be available at vendor locations in mid-August. 

For a complete listing of opening and closing dates, and daily and possession limits, refer to the table on pages 4-5 of the guide. 

Early Canada Goose Dates Announced 

North Dakota’s early Canada goose season dates are set, with bag limits and licensing requirements the same as last year. 

Opening day is Aug. 15 in all three zones. Closing dates are Sept. 7 in the Missouri River zone, Sept. 15 in the western zone and Sept. 22 in the eastern zone. 

Early Canada goose limits are 15 daily and 45 in possession. Limits and shooting hours are different from the regular season, while the zone boundaries remain the same. Shooting hours for early Canada goose are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.  

Residents need a $5 early Canada goose license and a general game and habitat license. Also, residents 16 and older need a small game license. Nonresidents need only a $50 early Canada goose license, and the license is valid statewide without counting against the 14-day regular season license. Licenses can be purchased online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. 

Harvest Information Program certification is required and beginning Sept. 1 a federal duck stamp for hunters 16 and older is needed. Those who HIP registered to hunt the spring light goose conservation order in North Dakota do not have to register with HIP again, as it is required in each state only once per year. 

Waterfowl rest areas, closed to hunting during the regular season, are open during the early season. Most land in these rest areas is private, so hunters may need permission to access them. Hunting of Canada geese in August and early September is intended to reduce local Canada goose numbers, which remain high. Game and Fish is attempting to provide additional hunting opportunities to increase pressure on locally breeding Canada geese. 

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