The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set its 2020 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations, and most season structures are similar to last year.

Noteworthy items include:

  • Season for sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse and Hungarian partridge opens Saturday, Sept. 12.

  • Opening day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents is Sept. 26. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 3.

  • The daily limit on scaup is reduced from three to one.

  • The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 10, with the youth season set for Oct. 3-4.

  • The prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed because of low populations.

  • In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or Private Land Open To Sportsmen areas from Oct. 10-16.

Hunters and trappers can find the North Dakota 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Guide, which includes upland game, migratory game bird and furbearer/trapping regulations and other information, on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. Printed guides will be available at vendor locations in mid-August.

For a complete listing of opening and closing dates, and daily and possession limits, refer to the table on pages 4and 5 of the guide.