North Dakota Hunting License

Complete your North Dakota hunter education requirements to get your license.

How Do I Get My State Hunting License?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the North Dakota hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website or a North Dakota–approved retailer.

Types of North Dakota Hunting Licenses

North Dakota Resident

A resident is a person who has lived in North Dakota for at least six months. Non-resident full-time students attending a state or tribal college in North Dakota and active-duty military members are considered residents. Visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for more details about residency requirements.

All North Dakota residents must purchase the Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate and the General Game and Habitat License or Combination License. Additional licenses may be required to hunt specific game species.

Non-Resident

All non-residents must purchase the Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate and the General Game and Habitat License or Combination License. Additional licenses may be required to hunt specific game species.

Youth Hunting License

North Dakota residents under 16 years of age may purchase youth licenses.

Non-residents under 16 years of age from qualifying states may purchase the resident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate and General Game and Habitat License to hunt small game and waterfowl. Visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for more details.

Senior Hunting License

North Dakota does not offer a hunting license specifically for senior citizens.

Disability License

Hunters with physical disabilities may be eligible for special hunting services. Visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for more details.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military members who are stationed in North Dakota may purchase a resident hunting license. In addition, active-duty military members who are North Dakota residents but stationed elsewhere may purchase a resident hunting license while on leave. They may also be eligible to receive a deer gun license outside of the license lottery. Visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for more details.

Resident veterans who have 100% service-connected disability may be eligible for the reduced-fee Resident Disabled Veteran Combined Hunting License.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. North Dakota residents age 16 or older must purchase the Small Game License. Non-residents may need to purchase the Nonresident Small Game License and/or the Nonresident Waterfowl License. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

License Expiration

Hunting licenses are good from April 1 to March 31 of the next year.

Where to Buy a North Dakota Hunting License

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions North Dakota Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions