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City of Watford City Wildlife Management Program

The City of Watford City Wildlife Management Program will be having a special antlerless deer bow hunt season from noon on September 1st, 2022 through ½ hour after sunset on January 31st, 2023.  This is an effort to cull the population of deer in Watford City.

Application process:

-Applicant must be 18 years or older at the start of the season.

-Must complete a proficiency test and safety briefing approved through this program.

-Submit bow hunting application form to the Watford City Police Department consisting of the following.

            -Archery proficiency test (submit along with application after testing date).

            -$10 non-refundable permit fee payable to the City of Watford City.

                        -The $10 fee is per permit requested.


-Initial applications will be accepted until August 23rd, 2022. Then a lottery will be held on August 29th, 2022 for all the approved applications. The chosen applicant will receive an email if they were drawn in the lottery.


-If a City of Watford City bow hunting permit is approved the applicant may apply with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for up to two of City of Watford City herd reduction program antlerless licenses.


The Police Department is hosting the proficiency test and safety briefing on the following dates and time at the McKenzie County Sportsman’s Club, 2306 121X Ave NW, Watford City, ND: August 8th, August 15th, or August 22nd at 5pm.


Please call the Police Department to sign up for one of these designated dates.

701-842-2280 OPT 1.

Applications can be found at the link below labeled Wildlife Packet.

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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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