By Lars Dalseide | August 25 2014 12:24

From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Dove Season Opens Sept. 1, Swan Hunt Lottery Held, Licenses Remain

North Dakota Tundra Swan Bismark, North Dakota - North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting.

The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 9.

All dove hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a general game and habitat license, regardless of age. In addition, hunters ages 16 and older need a small game license.

Hunters who purchase a hunting license through the State Game and Fish Department’s electronic licensing system (gf.nd.gov) or instant licensing telephone number at 800-406-6409 can easily get HIP certified.

Otherwise, hunters can access the department’s website, or call 888-634-4798 and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate.

Those who registered to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register with HIP again, as it is required only once per year. However, hunters must HIP register in each state for which they are licensed before hunting migratory game birds.


North Dakota’s swan lottery has been held and more than 300 licenses remain. Only hunters who do not have a swan license for the 2014 season can apply, as regulations limit hunters to one license per year.

Beginning Sept. 3, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Resident and nonresident hunters will be able to apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Hunters may also request an application by calling the department’s Bismarck office at 701- 328-6300. The license fee is $10 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Oct. 4 – Jan. 4, 2015.

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