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Laws: Licenses and Permits

Subject to the provisions of this title:
 
1. Any resident, or any member of the resident's family residing customarily with the resident, may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license upon land owned or leased by the resident.
 
2. Residents or nonresidents under the age of sixteen years may fish without a fishing license.
 
3. Residents may fish at a private fish hatchery without a resident fishing license.
 
4. Developmental center at westwood park, Grafton patients, North Dakota youth correctional center students, school for the deaf students, North Dakota vision services - school for the blind students, state hospital patients, clients of regional  human service centers unit patients under direct therapeutic care, and residents of facilities licensed by the state department of health and the department of human services may fish without a resident fishing license. Patients of these institutions must be identified. The department shall issue authority to each institution.
 
5. Residents may fish without a resident fishing license on free fishing days. The date of these free fishing days may be set by proclamation by the governor.
 
6. Residents under age sixteen may take fur-bearers without a fur-bearer license.
 
7. Residents under age sixteen may take small game or waterfowl without a small game license.
 
8. Residents who are enrolled as students or serving as certified instructors during official aquatics education program events of the game and fish department may be granted free fishing privileges by discretion of the director.
 
9. Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is on 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.

 

The various license and permit fees are as follows:
 
1. For a resident, age sixteen and over, small game hunting license, six dollars.
 
2. For a nonresident small game hunting license, eighty-five dollars.
 
3. For a resident big game hunting license, twenty dollars, except the fee for a licensee under age sixteen is ten dollars, except as provided in a gubernatorial proclamation issued pursuant to section 20.1-08-04.1.
 
4. Except for a nonresident who participates on the same basis as a resident in a lottery for deer licenses remaining after the second lottery for residents under subsection 4 of section 20.1-03-11, for a nonresident big game hunting license, two hundred dollars, and for a nonresident bow license, two hundred dollars, and a nonrefundable five dollar application fee must accompany any lottery license fee under this subsection, except as provided in a gubernatorial proclamation issued issued pursuant to section 20.1-08-04.1. For a nonresident who participates on the same basis as a resident in a lottery for deer licenses remaining after the second lottery for residents, fifty dollars.
 
5. For a resident fur-bearer license, seven dollars.
 
6. For a resident fishing license, ten dollars, except that for a resident sixty-five years or over or a resident totally or permanently disabled, the license fee is three dollars.
 
7. For a nonresident fishing license, thirty-five dollars.
 
8. For a nonresident short-term seven-day fishing license, twenty dollars.
 
9. For a resident husband and wife fishing license, fourteen dollars.
 
10. For a nonresident nongame hunting license, fifteen dollars.
 
11. For a resident wild turkey permit, eight dollars.
 
12. For an annual general game license, three dollars.
 
13. For a license to a nonresident buyer or shipper of green furs, or that person's agent, the amount that the nonresident buyer or shipper of green furs would pay for a nonresident buyer or shipper of green furs license or comparable license in that person's state of residence, or fifty dollars, whichever is greater.
 
14. For a license to a resident buyer or shipper of green furs, eight dollars for each place of business maintained by that person within this state.
 
15. For a license to a resident traveling agent, buyer, or shipper of green furs, twenty dollars.
 
16. For an annual license to practice taxidermy, twenty-five dollars.
 
17. For a permit to ship, by a person having a resident hunting license, during the respective open seasons, not to exceed in any one season twenty-five game birds, to points within this state other than that person's home or to points outside this state, three dollars.
 
18. For a permit to make collections of protected birds and animals for scientific purposes, ten dollars.
 
19. For a motorboat certificate of number and license: Each motorboat under sixteen feet [4.88 meters] in length, and all canoes, regardless of length, powered by a motor, twelve dollars. Each motorboat sixteen feet [4.88 meters] in length and over but shorter than twenty feet [6.1 meters] in length, excluding canoes, twenty-four dollars. Each motorboat twenty feet [6.1 meters] in length or over excluding canoes, thirty-three dollars.
 
20. To operate watercraft used for hire, the following license fees apply for three years:
 
Class 1. Each craft capable of carrying two adults of average weight, six dollars.
Class 2. Each craft capable of carrying three adults of average weight, six dollars.
Class 3. Each craft capable of carrying four adults of average weight, six dollars.
Class 4. Each craft capable of carrying five adults of average weight, six dollars.
Class 5. Each craft capable of carrying up to eight adults of average weight, nine dollars.
Class 6. Each craft capable of carrying up to ten adults of average weight, twelve  dollars.
Class 7. Each craft capable of carrying up to fifteen adults of average weight, twenty-four dollars.
Class 8. Each craft capable of carrying sixteen or more adults of average weight, thirty dollars.
 
21. For the taking of undesirable fish from the waters of this state pursuant to section 20.1-06-05, fifteen dollars for each hoop-net or trap, and fifteen dollars for each seine of fifty feet [15.24 meters] or any fraction thereof.
 
22. For a resident paddlefish tag annual license, three dollars per tag.
 
23. For a nonresident paddlefish tag annual license, seven dollars and fifty cents per tag.
 
24. For an annual resident license to sell minnows or other live bait at wholesale, fifty dollars.
 
25. For an annual license to sell minnows or other live bait at retail, fifteen dollars, except the fee is seventy-five dollars if white suckers are sold.
 
26. For an annual license to operate a private fish hatchery, seventy-five dollars.
 
27. For a resident commercial frog license, fifty dollars.
 
28. For a nonresident commercial frog license, two hundred dollars.
 
29. For a resident frog license, three dollars.
 
30. For a resident husband and wife frog license, five dollars.
 
31. For a shooting preserve operating permit, one hundred dollars, plus thirty cents per acre [.40 hectare] for each acre [.40 hectare].
 
32. For a nonresident waterfowl hunting license, eighty-five dollars.
 
33. For a nonresident husband and wife fishing license, forty-five dollars.
 
34. For a nonresident short-term three-day fishing license, fifteen dollars.
 
35. For a nonresident fur-bearer and nongame hunting license, twenty-five dollars.
 
36. For a combination license, thirty-two dollars.
 
37. For a white-tailed deer license sold to certified guides or outfitters and provided by them to nonresidents, two hundred fifty dollars.
 
38. For a resident swan license, five dollars.
 
39. For a nonresident swan license, twenty-five dollars.
 
40. For a resident and nonresident sandhill crane license, five dollars.
 
41. For a resident commercial clam license, one hundred dollars.
 
42. For a nonresident commercial clam license, one thousand dollars.
 
43. For a commercial clam dealer's permit, two thousand dollars. In addition, the applicant shall submit to the director a surety bond in the sum of two thousand dollars.
 
44. For an annual class B nonresident license to sell minnows or other live bait at wholesale, two hundred fifty dollars.
 
45. For a bighorn sheep license issued to a nonresident, five hundred dollars.
 
46. For a nonresident reciprocal trapping license, two hundred fifty dollars.
 
47. For a nonresident spring white goose license, fifty dollars.
 
48. For a resident certificate fee, one dollar, and for a nonresident certificate fee, two dollars. An agent may not charge a service fee for issuing a resident or nonresident certificate fee.
 
49. For a nonresident short-term ten-day fishing license, twenty-five dollars.
 
50. For a nonresident wild turkey permit, eighty dollars.
 
51. For a statewide nonresident waterfowl hunting license, one hundred twenty-five dollars.
 
52. For an annual class A nonresident license to sell minnows or other live bait at wholesale, five hundred dollars. The fees for these licenses and permits must be deposited with the
state treasurer and credited to the game and fish fund. Forty-five dollars of each nonresident big game hunting license fee must be used for the private land initiative.