State Regulations

State: ND

North Dakota Century Code section 20.1-05-04 (a) (3)

(3) For the recovery of big game animals, dogs:

(a) The dog must be leashed and under the physical control of a handler at all times;

(b) The dog must be accompanied at all times by both a handler and the hunter responsible for the taking of the big game animal;

(c) Individuals involved in the recovery of the big game animal may not carry a firearm or archery equipment during the recovery;

(d) If a big game animal is found alive during the recovery, the dog and handler shall leave the immediate area; and

(e) Before the beginning of the recovery, the handler of the dog shall notify the district game warden of the involvement of the dog in the recovery of the big game animal and provide to the district game warden the contact information of all parties involved in the hunt and the location in which the big game animal was tracked.

Artificial light may be used in the recovery process of big game animals.

For purposes of this section, "recovery" means the time after a firearm or archery equipment is used in the taking of a big game animal until the expired animal is located.


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Green — Tracking allowed
Red — No Tracking allowed
Gray — Tracking allowed under certain circumstances or in certain areas of the state but not all.