North Dakota hunting, fishing licenses go electronic

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Fishing season in North Dakota never actually closes, but April 1st anglers will need a new license and for some, the way they buy a license may change.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says paper license booklets are no longer available at license vendors. Officials say participating vendors will now need to sell licenses electronically.

Officials remind anglers that not all vendors that sold licenses in the past will still sell licenses.

New fishing, hunting and furbearer licenses are required April 1. The 2016-17 licenses are effective April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased using a computer or smartphone by logging into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,, or at license vendors that are linked to the department’s online licensing system.

In addition, licenses may also be purchased by calling the department’s instant licensing telephone number at 800-406-6409 any time day or night. A service charge is added for licenses purchased through the instant licensing telephone number.

The Game and Fish Department says more than 70 percent of hunters and anglers already buy their licenses electronically. They say benefits of purchasing a license through an electronic licensing system include having the ability to reprint multiple copies of a license, or to replace lost or damaged licenses, from any license vendor or personal computer, without having to pay a fee for a duplicate license.

A list of vendors participating in electronic licensing sales is available on the Game and Fish Department’s website at

Vendors on the list as of April 1 will be linked to the department’s online licensing system.

Game and Fish will continue to use paper applications for lottery licenses. These will be available at license vendors and other locations throughout the state.