Lottery Deadline Approaching For North Dakota Elk, Moose And Bighorn Sheep Seasons

The deadline to apply for North Dakota’s elk, moose and bighorn sheep seasons is midnight Wednesday, March 22. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department photo)

If you’re planning to apply for a North Dakota moose, elk or bighorn sheep license you better get on the stick. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department this morning sent out a reminder indicating applications for the “big three” lotteries must be submitted online or postmarked before midnight Wednesday.

The department’s online application feature will be deactivated at that time.

The applications are available online at or at license vendors across the state.

The three seasons are once-in-a-lifetime offerings in North Dakota, and hunters who have received a license in the past aren’t eligible to apply for that species again.

Game and Fish is offering 389 elk licenses this fall, an increase of 51 from last year. A total of 247 moose licenses are available, up 45 from last year. As was the case last year, a bighorn sheep season is tentatively set for this fall depending on the sheep population, but the status of the hunt won’t be determined until Sept. 1 after summer population surveys have been completed.

For more information on regulations and season dates, go to Apply online here.