BISMARCK — North Dakota’s 2019 deer season is set, with 65,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 10,350 more than last year. The 2019 deer gun season opens at noon Nov. 8 and continues through Nov. 24.
In total, antlered mule deer licenses increased by 450 from last year, antlerless mule deer by 700, antlered whitetail by 700, antlerless whitetail by 1,250, “any antlered” by 3,150 and “any antlerless” by 4,100.
Additionally, muzzleloader licenses increased by 184 and restricted youth antlered mule deer licenses increased by 45. Mule deer doe licenses are available in unit 4A for the first time since 2011.
As stated in the 2019-20 chronic wasting disease proclamation, hunters harvesting a deer in units 3A1, 3B1 and 3F2 cannot transport the whole carcass, including the head and spinal column, outside of the unit, with the exception that hunters can transport the whole deer carcass between units 3A1 and 3B1 during any open deer season.
Also in the CWD proclamation, it is unlawful for an individual to hunt big game over bait, or place bait to attract big game for the purpose of hunting, in deer hunting units 3C west of the Missouri River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 3B1, 3A1, 3A2 and north of N.D. Highway 2 in unit 3A3.
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.
The deadline for applying is Wednesday, June 5.
Applicants who do not have access to a computer or smartphone 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.
For more information, go to https://gf.nd.gov/hunting/deer.