The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set this year's fall turkey season and is offering 3,660 licenses, 50 fewer than last year.

The fall wild turkey season opens Saturday, Oct. 12, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.

Fall turkey hunters, including gratis applicants, who are interested in applying for a 2019 license can submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at

Applications also are accepted through the department’s toll-free licensing line at 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.

The deadline for applying is Sept. 4.

Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery. Nonresidents can apply for any fall turkey licenses that remain after the first lottery.

As per state law, a resident who does not want to receive a fall turkey hunting license but would like to accrue a bonus point can purchase a point on the application for the same fee as the turkey license. The bonus point fee is allocated to the department’s Private Lands Open to Sportsmen program.

Hunting units 21 — Hettinger and Adams counties — and 47 — Sheridan, Wells, Eddy, Foster, Kidder and Stutsman counties — will be closed to fall turkey hunting again this year because of low turkey numbers.