2010 North Dakota Mountain Lion Season Is Open

Open to North Dakota residents only.

Season Dates:

  • Firearms, archery:
    • Opens: September 3, 2010.
    • Closes: March 31, 2011.
  • Pursue with hounds:
    • Opens: December 1, 2010.
    • Closes: March 31, 2011.

View most current regulations.

Mountain lion may only be hunted by North Dakota residents. The limit is one mountain lion per hunter per season. Kittens (mountain lions with visible spots), or females accompanied by kittens may not be harvested. Any mountain lion harvested must be reported to the Department within 12 hours and the entire intact animal must be submitted for analysis. Legally taken mountain lions will be returned to the hunter.

Zone 1 is bordered by Montana, South Dakota, and state and federal highways. The point where the boundary crosses Lake Sakakawea is a straight line from where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across from ND Highway 8. Zone 1 has a harvest quota of 10 mountain lions. Once a quota of 10 mountain lions is reached, the season will close immediately. The Department will inform the public of this closure through the media. The quota will not include mountain lions taken by USDA Wildlife Services, the Department, private landowners in defense of livestock, for human safety issues, road killed mountain lions, mountain lions incidentally killed in traps or cable devices, and those harvested on Indian lands.

Zone 2: The remainder of the state not described as Zone 1. No quota.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate – $1
  • Furbearer License – $7 (not required of residents under age 16), or a
  • Combination License – $32 (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses).
  • Military – Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator’s license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.