Get involved in the Junior Pheasant Weekend on October 1-2

JAMESTOWN, ND ( – North Dakota Fish and Game Wildlife biologist Doug Leier says this weekend is the perfect opportunity to get youth involved in pheasant hunting.

North Dakota’s two-day young pheasant season begins Saturday, October 1 and runs through Sunday.

Resident youth hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and fur certificate and a general hunting and habitat license. Young hunters who are not residents of states that provide a reciprocal license agreement for North Dakota residents are eligible for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident junior hunters must purchase a nonresident small game hunting license.

Hunters over the age of 12 must have passed a certified hunter education course or obtain an apprentice hunter validation, which allows a person to hunt small game for one year of license without completing hunter education.

Daily bag limit and all other regulations apply for the regular pheasant season. See North Dakota Hunting and Trapping Guide 2022-23 for additional information.

Leier also says that the PLOTS Regulations are available on the Department of Fish and Game website.

Permission from the landowner is always required for motorized vehicle access to PARCELS, for example, to place lures in a field, unless specifically noted on the PARCEL sign.

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You can hear Doug Leier talk about the great outdoors every Thursday at 7:35 am with JD in the morning on Big Dog 95.5 FM.