North Dakota’s 2018 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are set, and most season structures are similar to last year.
However, one major change from last year involves Canada goose hunting zones.
The Canada goose hunting season is divided into three zones — Missouri River, western and eastern. The Missouri River Canada goose zone has the same boundary as last year, while the western zone has the same boundary as the high plains duck unit, excluding the Missouri River zone. The eastern zone has the same boundary as the low plains duck unit.
Other noteworthy items include the following:
- Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 22 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 29.
- The daily limit on pintails has increased from one to two.
- The prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.
In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 6-12.
In addition, the state’s waterfowl, small game and furbearer regulations will have a new look this fall. No longer printed as separate documents, North Dakota’s 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Guide includes three main sections that cover upland game, migratory game bird and furbearer/trapping.
The 52-page document offers much of the same information hunters and trappers rely on, but in a much more user-friendly format. In addition, the guide also features a four-page duck identification guide, aquatic nuisance species information, boating safety for hunters and Tom Roster’s Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table.
Hunters and trappers can find the guide by visiting gf.nd.gov. Printed guides are now available at vendor locations across the state.