Here’s a look at the status of hunting- and fishing-related bills in the North Dakota Legislature as of Friday, Feb. 19:
HB 1017: Appropriates $91,812,839 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023. Appropriations Committee heard Jan. 12, no action taken.
HB 1081: Allows game wardens to enforce state laws on state-owned lands managed by the board of university and school lands. Energy and natural resources committee heard 01/15, recommended do pass 11-3. Rereferred. Energy and Natural Resources was scheduled to hear Feb. 19.
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HB 1113: Requires written permission from the owner, or an individual authorized by the owner, of the property to place bait for the purpose of attracting wildlife, and provides a penalty. In addition, a person who installs a trail camera, etc., must have written permission from the owner, or an individual authorized by the owner, of the property and the camera must have identification. First violation is a class 1 noncriminal offense. A second or subsequent violation is a fine of $250. Passed House 94-0.
HB 1120: Allows a resident who is entitled to purchase a disabled veteran deer license to hunt white-tailed deer five days preceding the youth deer hunting season and during the regular deer gun hunting season. In addition, 100 licenses would be available each year, and taken from the five units with the lowest selection rates for hunting licenses. The licenses may not be used in those units, and are not valid on public lands. An individual who receives one of these licenses may not apply in the deer gun lottery. Passed House 91-0.
HB 1178: Nonresident members of the armed forces who qualify to receive a resident license may apply for and be issued a lottery license for deer. Failed House 76-14.
HB 1218: Nonresidents who own land in North Dakota may hunt during the first seven days of the pheasant season on land they enroll in the PLOTS program. Passed House 92-0.
HB 1221: Adds clarification to section 47-05-17 of Century Code, relating to an exemption from prohibition against severing hunting rights from surface estates. Passed House 65-26.
HB 1242: An individual who was issued an apprentice hunter validation license in 2020-21 may receive another one. Passed House 91-0.
HB 1270: An individual is guilty of an infraction by placing a trail camera, etc., on private property without written permission from the owner or occupant. In addition, the device must have identification. Judiciary Committee recommended do pass 10-3 as amended.
HB 1327: Allows former residents who lived in North Dakota for at least 10 years to receive 1% percent of the total deer gun licenses. Failed House 90-1.
HB 1340: A law enforcement officer would not be able to enter private land without permission from the landowner or lessee. Judiciary Committee heard Feb. 15, amended to relate to law enforcement entry onto private property for search and seizure without permission is prohibited, with exceptions. Recommended do pass 8-5 as amended.
HB 1411: Allows the use of an artificial light with a power source of not more than six volts while hunting coyote, fox, raccoon or beaver at any time day or night. Energy and natural resources heard Jan. 28, amended to remove the use of artificial light at any time day or night. Bill reads at any time throughout the year, an individual may use an artificial light to pursue on the individual's premises any predatory animal attempting to destroy property. Recommended do pass 13-1 as amended.
HCR 3006: A concurrent resolution urging Congress and the President of the United States to protect the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. House adopted 91-1.
SB 2036: Legislative Management shall continue to study the electronic land access database and application during the 2021-22 interim, and expand it to all counties. Passed Senate 45-2.
SB 2037: Amends a section of Century Code relating to criminal trespass and electronic posting, including an individual would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor by entering an enclosed fence; and the name of a person would not have to appear on each sign on physically posted land. Failed Senate 47-0.
SB 2038: Allows the option to designate the land as posted or closed to hunting in an online database or other electronic application. Failed Senate 47-0.
SB 2118: Increases game and fish violations for a class 1 noncriminal offense from $50 to $100, and a class 2 noncriminal offense from $25 to $50. Failed Senate 26-21.
SB 2143: Allows solid fluorescent pink or a camouflage pattern of at least 50% fluorescent orange or pink to be worn by big game hunters. Passed Senate 43-4.
SB 2144: Amends a section of Century Code relating to criminal trespass and electronic posting, including an individual would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor by entering an enclosed fence unless the individual is a licensed hunter or angler who is lawfully hunting or fishing, and allows the option to designate the land as posted or closed to hunting in an online database or other electronic application. Passed Senate 45-2.
SB 2172: Applicants age 75 and older would be able to enter their name twice in the moose lottery. Passed Senate 27-20.
SB 2184: Certified hunter education instructors would be issued a license to hunt any legal deer during the deer gun season. In addition, hunter ed instructors who have taught for the preceding five years would be issued one bighorn sheep, elk or moose license. Failed Senate 41-6.
SB 2211: Allows the use of an artificial light with a power source of not more than six volts while hunting furbearer, ground squirrel, prairie dog, porcupine, rabbit or skunk. Energy and Natural Resources Committee amended to exclude the regular deer gun season. Passed Senate 28-19.