Hunting, fishing and furbearer licenses for the 2016-17 licensing year will be available starting  March 15. This year for the first time, paper license booklets are no longer available at license vendors since participating vendors will need to sell licenses electronically. Not all vendors that sold licenses in the past will still sell licenses. New fishing, [...]

Hunting, fishing and furbearer licenses for the 2016-17 licensing year will be available starting  March 15.

This year for the first time, paper license booklets are no longer available at license vendors since participating vendors will need to sell licenses electronically. 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,  gf.nd.gov, or atlicense 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.

More than 70 percent of hunters and anglers already buy their licenses electronically. 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  gf.nd.gov/licenses/electronic-licensing-requirements.   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.