Rules for transporting big game
Big game hunters should note the requirements for transporting deer, elk, and moose carcasses and carcass parts to and within North Dakota as a precaution against the possible spread of disease chronically debilitating.
Hunters are prohibited from transporting into or within North Dakota any carcass of deer, elk, moose, or other members of the deer family harvested outside of North Dakota.
In addition, hunters harvesting a white-tailed deer or a mule deer from deer hunting units 3A1, 3A2, 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3E2, 3F2, 4B and 4C, a moose from moose hunting units M10 and M11 or an elk from hunting units E2 and E6, cannot transport the whole carcass outside the unit. However, hunters may transport the whole carcass between adjacent CWD Carcass Restriction Units.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens will enforce all CWD transportation laws.
Hunters are encouraged to plan accordingly and be prepared to cut up a carcass, comb an animal or clean a skull in the field, or find a taxidermist or meat locker within the unit or state to help.
Game and Fish maintains multiple freezers throughout the region to submit heads for CWD testing, starting September 1.
If there are any questions about how to comply with this regulation, hunters should contact a district game warden or other department personnel prior to the scheduled hunt.
The following low risk carcass parts may be transported:
- Boneless meat.
- Quarters or other portions of meat without any part of the backbone or head attached.
- Meat cut and packaged commercially or privately.
- Hides without a head attached.
- Cranial plates with attached antlers and no skin or brain tissue.
- Intact skulls with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue with eyes, lower jaw, tongue, salivary glands, tonsils and lymph nodes removed.
- Antlers separated from the cranial plate.
- Upper canines, also called bugles, whistlers or ivories.
- Finished taxidermy heads.
- Lymph nodes extracted from head for MDC testing contained in sealed plastic bag.
There is an exception to the regulation which states that “a deer carcass or boneless meat must be accompanied from the head to the place of final storage”. The exception is: tag the deer as needed, then take two photos using a cell phone with location, date and time enabled. A photograph of the whole animal at the slaughter site with the tag attached, and a second photograph of a close-up of the tag so that the tag information is legible. If a hunter leaves the head in the field at the slaughter site, after taking pictures and keeping them, the ear or antlers with the tag attached must be cut off and accompany the meat or carcass during transport. Photographs of tagged deer must be shown to any game warden or other law enforcement officer upon request.
Reminder to hunters of baiting restrictions
It is illegal to hunt big game with bait or place bait to attract big game for the purpose of hunting in deer units 1, 2B, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3D2 , 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.
The restriction is in place to help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a deadly disease of deer, moose and elk that can lead to long-term population decline if left unchecked.
In addition, hunting big game over bait or bait for any purpose is prohibited in all Game and Fish Department Wildlife Management Areas. Big game hunting with bait is also prohibited in all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas, U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands, lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and all state trusts, state parks, and state forest services in North Dakota. lands.
More information on chronic wasting disease can be found on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.
Deer archery season opens September 2
North Dakota stag bow season opens Friday, September 2 at noon and runs through January 1, 2023.
Bowhunters can purchase a license online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or from vendors linked to the department’s online licensing system.
Hunters should plan accordingly and allow time to receive their tag in the mail, as the tag will arrive in the mail and not at the counter while the customer waits. This applies when purchasing a bow license from a license vendor or at the main office of the Department of Game and Fish in Bismarck. The bow label will be mailed the next business day after license purchase.
All bowhunters must have a bow medal in their possession before hunting.
Bowhunters must follow all management agency regulations when using tree stands, ground blinds and game cameras on public hunting areas, including displaying an equipment registration number, or owner’s name, address and telephone number, on all equipment left unattended on Game and Fish. wildlife management areas.
In addition, big game hunting with bait is prohibited on public and private land in Deer Hunting Units 1, 2B, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 , 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.
Hunters should refer to the 2022 deer hunting guide for seasons and regulations.