BISMARCK — North Dakota’s 2022 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are set, and most of the season structures are similar to last year, the Department of Game and Wildlife announced. fishing on Monday August 1st.
Notable items include:
- Open day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for residents of North Dakota is September 24. Nonresidents can begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota on October 1.
- The prairie chicken and sage-grouse seasons remain closed due to low populations.
- Preloaded airguns are legal to take weasel, mink, muskrat and cougar.
- Reporting the harvest of bobcats, cougars, anglers and river otters can now be done online by clicking the My Account link on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
- Hunters and trappers can find the North Dakota Hunting and Trapping Guide 2022-2023, which includes regulations for upland game, migratory game birds, and fur-bearing/trapping animals and more information, on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov. Printed guides will be available from vendors in mid-August.
Beginning of the Canada goose season
In related hunting news, the first North Dakota goose season opens Monday, August 15 in all three areas, with bag limits and license requirements the same as last year.
Closing dates are September 7 in the Missouri River Zone, September 15 in the West Zone, and September 22 in the East Zone.
Early Canada goose limits are 15 per day and 45 in possession.
Filming boundaries and times are different from the regular season, while zone boundaries remain the same. Shooting times for the early Canada goose are from half an hour before sunrise until sunset daily.
Residents require a $5 Canada Goose Permit and a General Game and Habitat Permit. Additionally, residents 16 and older require a small game license. Non-residents only need a $50 early goose license, and the license is valid statewide not including the 14-day regular season license. Licenses can be purchased online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
Harvest Information Program certification is required and effective September 1, a Federal Duck Stamp for hunters 16 and older is required. Those who registered with HIP to hunt the spring goose conservation order in North Dakota do not have to re-register with HIP, as this is only required in each state once times a year.
Waterfowl staging areas, closed to hunting in the regular season, are open at the start of the season. Most of the land in these roosts is private, so hunters may need permission to access them.
Canada goose hunting in August and early September is aimed at reducing local numbers of Canada geese, which remain high. Game and Fish attempts to provide additional hunting opportunities to increase pressure on locally breeding Canada geese.