North Dakota deer season set, with slight increase in available tags
BISMARCK — North Dakota's 2018 deer season is set, with 55,150 licenses available to hunters this fall, 650 more than last year, the Game and Fish Department announced Tuesday, May 15.
In total, antlered mule deer licenses increased by 150 from last year, antlerless mule deer by 550, antlered whitetail by 150 and antlerless whitetail by 150. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reduced the number of "any antlered" licenses by 100, and reduced "any antlerless" license by 250.
In addition, restricted youth antlered mule deer licenses increased by 15, and muzzleloader licenses remained the same.
As in the past several years, no mule deer doe licenses are available in unit 4A.
North Dakota's 2018 deer gun season opens at noon Nov. 9 and continues through Nov. 25.
Applicants for regular deer gun, youth and muzzleloader can apply online through the Game and Fish Department's website at gf.nd.gov, or call (800) 406-6409. A service fee is charged for applications made through the 800 number.
Gratis applicants must apply online; the toll-free licensing telephone number is not set up to receive gratis applications. In addition, paper applications are no longer available for any lottery or gratis licenses.
The deadline for applying is June 6.
Applicants who do not have access to a computer can submit the application at a public service location such as a public library, stop at a Game and Fish office, or request help from a friend, relative or neighbor.
Gratis applications received on or before the regular deer gun lottery application deadline will qualify for an any-legal-deer license. As per state law, gratis applications received after the deadline will be processed based on licenses remaining after the lottery — generally only antlerless licenses remain.
Total deer licenses are determined by harvest rates, aerial surveys, depredation reports, hunter observations, input at advisory board meetings, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.