Hunter education classes and 2014 tentative opening dates

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2014 should know that most courses are offered early in the calendar year.

To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.

To register, click on the online services tab, and “online course enrollment” under the hunter education heading. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at (701) 328-6615.

Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the “subscribe to news, email and text alerts” link found below the news section on the department’s home page. Check the box labeled “hunter education class notification” under the education program updates.

State law requires anyone born after December 31, 1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2014, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2014 include:

Spring Crow

March 8

Spring Turkey

April 12

Fall Crow

August 9

Deer Bow, Mountain Lion

August 29


September 1

Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel

September 13

Youth Deer

September 19

Youth Waterfowl

September 20

Early Resident Waterfowl

September 27

Regular Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant

October 4

Pheasant, Fall Turkey

October 11

Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping

October 25

Deer Gun

November 7

Deer Muzzleloader

November 28