North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2016 gun season is June 1. Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
The deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications (specifically for antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, and 4A-4F).
New this year is the option for unsuccessful applicants to donate their refund to the department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen program. The North Dakota State Legislature created this option in 2015 with nearly unanimous support. Donations are not tax deductible.
Proceeds from donations to PLOTS will focus on deer habitat and hunting access to deer habitat.
State law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver’s license number or a North Dakota nondriver photo identification number. Applications cannot be processed without this information.
Gratis applications received on or before the regular deer gun lottery application deadline (June 1) will be issued an any-legal-deer license. As per state law, applications received after the deadline will be issued based on licenses remaining after the lottery – generally only antlerless licenses remain.
The application deadline for regular statewide youth deer licenses is Sept. 1.