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North Dakota


Duck Seasons & Regulations

SeasonHunting UnitsOpensClosesSeason Dates Status
Youth WaterfowlStatewide09/18/202109/19/2021Finalized
Veteran/Active Military Personnel Waterfowl SeasonStatewide09/18/202109/19/2021Finalized
Regular - ResidentHigh Plains Unit (1)09/25/202112/05/2021Finalized
Regular - ResidentLow Plains Unit09/25/202112/05/2021Finalized
Regular - NonresidentLow Plains Unit10/02/202112/05/2021Finalized
Regular - NonresidentHigh Plains Unit (1)10/02/202112/05/2021Finalized
Regular - Resident/NonresidentHigh Plains Unit (2)12/11/202101/02/2022Finalized

License Requirements

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.
  • Nonresident waterfowl license - two types are available:
    • A statewide license, good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period, or
    • A zone-restricted license that requires the nonresident to select hunting zones (see **Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Zones) according to the following restrictions:
      1. A nonresident must select Zone 1 or Zone 2 for one seven-day period and Zone 3 for the other seven-day period, or
      2. Zone 3 for the full 14 days or two seven-day periods, or
      3. Zones 1 and 3 concurrently for the same 7-day period or zones 2 and 3 concurrently for the same 7-day period. This option effectively reduces the license to seven days only, as the two 7-day periods are run at the same time.
  • Nonresident Youth Hunting Licenses - A nonresident under age 16 need only purchase a North Dakota resident fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a North Dakota resident general game and habitat license to hunt small game and waterfowl, except swans and wild turkeys; provided that the nonresident's state of residence, or province or territory of Canada, provides a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents who are also under age 16. (Currently states of AL, AR, CO, CT, ID, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, WA and WI qualify.) To be eligible, a nonresident youth must not turn 16 before September 1 of the year for which the license is issued, and must possess a certificate of completion for a certified hunter education course. The nonresident youth may only hunt under the supervision of an adult family member or legal guardian who is licensed to hunt small game or waterfowl in this state and is subject to the same regulations as that youth's adult family member or legal guardian. Youth from states that do not qualify for reciprocity must obtain required adult nonresident licenses.


Limit TypeAmount
Daily Limit6 (see Ducks and Mergansers restrictions below)
Possession LimitThree times the daily limit
Shooting Hours30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
Species Specific Regulations

SPECIAL VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON - Veterans (as defi ned in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, who possess a resident hunting license, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training), may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers and geese statewide on September 18 and 19. Upon request, hunters must provide proof of veteran or active duty status. All hunters 16 years of age and older must also possess a federal waterfowl stamp. Shooting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit, including species restrictions and all other regulations (including HIP certifi cation) that apply to the regular duck and goose hunting seasons shall apply to this special season with the exception that bonus blue-winged teal are not available.


The daily bag limit on ducks is 6 with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards of which only 2 may be hens, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 scaup, 1 pintail. Note: An additional 2 blue-winged teal may be taken September 25 through October 10 only. The daily limit of 5 mergansers may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. The possession limit on these restricted ducks and the hooded merganser is three times the daily limit.