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North Dakota Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated as of 4/6/2020 - “Deer - Muzzleloading long guns of .45 caliber or larger, and handguns .50 caliber or larger, loaded through the muzzle, with flint or percussion ignition, firing black powder or black powder substitutes are legal. Smokeless powders are not legal. Telescopic sights are prohibited. (Exception: No magnification (1x) scopes are legal.)

Elk, Moose & Bighorn Sheep - Centerfire rifles of .50 caliber or larger using smokeless powder are prohibited. Muzzleloading rifles or single-shot muzzleloader pistols of .50 caliber or larger are legal."




Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

Season Bag Limit Season Dates Unit(s)
Muzzleloader See Regs Nov 29th - Dec 15th All



  • Muzzleloading rifles must be .45 cal minimum for deer hunting
  • Muzzleloading handguns must be .50 cal minimum
  • Muzzleloading rifles must be .50 cal minimum for Elk, Moose & Big Horn Sheep
  • Smokeless powder is prohibited
  • Scopes are not allowed except no magnifying 1X scopes


This information is subject to change, for more information visit: North Dakota Hunting Regulations


Muzzleloader Hunting season is the best for low-pressure hunting and plentiful wildlife. If you are new to muzzleloaders or would like more information on your state's muzzleloader hunting regulations, make sure to give us a call. is focused on promoting black powder hunting in all 50 states and can help you determine when your particular state's hunting season starts. If you have questions about North Dakota Muzzleloader Hunting Season, please call us at 1-855-236-5000 or email us at

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