Sportsmen Against Hunger

Frequent Questions

What are the season dates for 2019-2020?

  • Deer (More Hunting Information)
    • Hunting for Youth (ages 11-15; restrictions): Sept. 13-22
    • Bow Season: Aug. 30 to Jan. 5
    • Gun Season: Nov. 8-24
  • Elk (More Hunting Information)
    • Bow Season (units E1E, E1W, E2, E6): Sept. 6-29
    • Regular Season (units E3, E4): Sept. 6 to Dec. 31
    • Regular Season (unit E5): Sept. 6 to Dec. 31
    • Regular Season (units E1E, E1W, E2): Oct. 4 to Dec. 31
    • Regular Season (unit E6): Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, Nov 25 to Dec. 31
  • Moose (More Hunting Information)
    • Bow Season (units M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11): Sept. 6-29
    • Regular Season (units M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11): Oct. 11 to Nov. 3
  • Canada Geese (More Hunting Information)
    • Early season: opens August 15
    • Regular season (for ND residents): September 22 to December 28 (depending on Hunting Zone)
    • Regular season (for non-residents): September 29 to December 28 (depending on Hunting Zone)
  • Snow Geese (More Hunting Information)
    • Fall season (for ND residents): September 21 to December 2
    • Fall season (for non-residents): September 28 to December 2


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  • How can venison be brought to a processor?

    Most processors accept field-dressed venison, some prefer to have hide off before being brought in. Please see processor list for specifics.

  • Do I need to bring anything with the venison?

    The carcass tag must accompany the deer to the processor. If you are required to remove the carcass before processing, you may fill out a venison form with the tag number instead.

  • Can I pay for the processing fee?

    Of course! Hunters are always welcome to cover the processing fee for their game, but if not, the Sportsmen Against Hunger program will cover it.

  • Is my donation of venison or other wild game tax deductible?

    Unfortunately, donations of venison and wild game are not tax deductible. However, if you make a donation to Sportsmen Against Hunger as a 501(c)3 organization, there is a possibility of receiving a deduction. Please contact our office for more information.

  • Where can I bring my wild game donation?

    View the Processor Map to find the region where you will be hunting, then click the processor list for that region to find the nearest processor.

  • Can I bring my game meat donation directly to a food pantry?

    NO. Food pantries can't take meat that has not gone through a licensed processor.

  • Do I need to let the processor know?

    Our processor do appreciate a call ahead of time so they can give you any specific information on their facility, like business hours or processing specifications.

  • How will my wild game be processed?

    All wild game donations are ground into hamburger and distributed to food pantries across North Dakota.

  • Can all processors take both Canada and Light geese donations?

    No. Please refer to the processor list for acceptable donations in each region.

  • How should I bring the goose meat to the processor?

    The processors only work with the goose breasts, so please call ahead to find out whether the processor allows you to cut them on site or if you will have to do it at home. You may also refer to the processor list for your region for more information.

  • Are there any forms needed to donate goose meat?

    Yes, a ND Game and Fish form will need to be filled out by the hunter and processor before the meat can be processed and transported. The processor will keep two copies and the third copy will go with the goose meat to a designated food pantry in the area.

  • Can I bring my goose meat donation directly to a food pantry?

    NO. Food pantries can't take meat that has not gone through a licensed processor.

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