If you’re hoping to hunt elk, moose and bighorn sheep in North Dakota and haven’t yet applied for a license, you’d better get on the stick.

The application deadline is today -- as in Wednesday, March 27.

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Prospective hunters can apply on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at www.gf.nd.gov. General lottery applications can also be submitted by calling (800) 406-6409. Preferential landowner (gratis) applications must be submitted online. Paper applications are not available.

The status of the bighorn sheep season will be determined Sept. 1, after summer population surveys are completed. However, bighorn sheep applications must be submitted before the deadline. Once total licenses are determined for each unit in late summer, the bighorn lottery will then be held and successful applicants will be contacted to select a hunting unit.

Elk, moose and bighorn sheep lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters who have received a license through the lottery in the past are not eligible to apply for that species again.