North Dakota’s 2013 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.

Continued expansion of fishers in eastern North Dakota has allowed the Game and Fish Department to change from a quota system to a limited number of days with no quota. The season will run from Nov. 25 – Dec. 1. Fishers can only be taken by traps and cable devices. A limit of one fisher per person is allowed during this season.

This year, states can offer a possession limit of three times the daily bag limit for most migratory birds.

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

Only North Dakota residents are permitted to hunt waterfowl from Sept. 21-27. Nonresidents are allowed to hunt waterfowl in North Dakota beginning Sept. 28. Other waterfowl season details will be finalized in mid-August in the waterfowl amendment to the small game and furbearer proclamation.

In accordance with state law, 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. 12-18.

Hunters should refer to the North Dakota 2013-14 Small Game and Furbearer guides (available mid-August) for more details on small game and furbearer seasons. Waterfowl regulations will be available in early September.

SpeciesOpensClosesDaily LimitPoss Limit
Crows (fall)Aug. 10Oct. 20No limitNo limit
Early Canada GooseAug. 15Sept. 15 (Sept. 7 Missouri River Zone)1545
Mountain lion zone 1 early (zone quota 14)Aug. 30Nov. 24 (or when zone quota is reached)Season limit of 1 per hunter
Mountain lion zone 1 late
(zone quota 7)
Nov. 25March 31 (or when zone quota is reached)Season limit of 1 per hunter
Mountain lion zone 2Aug. 30March 31Season limit of 1 per hunter
DovesSept. 1Oct. 301545
Hungarian partridgeSept. 14Jan. 5312
Sharp-tailed grouseSept. 14Jan. 5312
Ruffed grouseSept. 14Jan. 5312
Tree squirrelsSept. 14Jan. 5412
Sandhill crane unit 1Sept. 14Nov. 1039
Sandhill crane unit 2Sept. 14Nov. 1026
SnipeSept. 14Dec. 1824
WoodcockSept. 21Nov. 439
Tundra swanSept. 28Dec. 29Season limit of 1 per hunter
PheasantsOct. 12Jan. 5312
Weasel trappingOct. 26March 15
Mink, Muskrat trappingOct. 26April 30
Fisher trappingNov. 25December 1Season limit of 1 per trapper

Logo courtesy North Dakota Game and Fish Department

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