Application Deadline for Youth Deer Season is September 1st

Law Enforcement Officer Wes Verrill poses for a photo with the successful youth hunter at Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. (USFWS photo)

Youth are the future of North Dakota’s hunting tradition. Last year Outdoor Life published an article with some detail of why we “suck” at recruiting new hunters. If you’re a hunter yourself, then you’re probably aware that our numbers have been dwindling for decades.

Overall — as the aforementioned article shows — the future looks pretty bleak. Yet, in statistics gathered from 1960-2016, North Dakota has led the nation in “Change in License Holders Per Capita”. In fact, we’re just one of four states in the nation to show an increase. But I think we can do better.

One of the great opportunities for our young people in North Dakota is to participate in the upcoming Youth Deer Season. It runs from September 13th through September 22nd. Licenses are available for those ages 11 to 15, but the deadline is approaching fast. Applications must be in by midnight on September 1st (Sunday).

There are a number of rules, regulations, and exceptions for the Youth Deer Seasons. Please click here to see those and to apply. Youth licenses are not done via lottery.  Qualified individuals simply need to submit their application by the deadline.

Good luck to all those who apply! Be safe and shoot straight!






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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.