GRAND FORKS — North Dakota landowners who are interested in applying for a 2019 deer gratis license can fill out their application online by visiting the state Game and Fish Department website at www.gf.nd.gov. The general deer lottery and muzzleloader applications will be available online in early May. The deadline for applying is June 5.
Similar to last year, the Game and Fish Department is opening deer gratis applications a month earlier than previous years to allow additional time for landowners to apply online who are busy with spring farm and ranch activities, said Kim Kary, chief of administrative services.
“Gratis applicants who have previously applied online will automatically have their land description carried forward to this year’s application,” Kary said. “However, any changes with the land description from last year’s application must be made prior to submitting the 2019 application.”
Applications must be submitted online using a computer or smartphone. Kary suggests applicants without access to online services can submit the online application at any Game and Fish Department office or public service location, such as a library, or request help from a friend, relative or neighbor. License vendor systems are unable to process deer gratis applications.
Moving to an all-electronic licensing system was initiated by the state Legislature in 2015, Kary said.
“It has worked well for both the agency and customer by providing a user-friendly experience for the hunter and has improved the department’s time to deliver lottery results and mail tags,” she said.