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Here's a look at the status of outdoors-related bills in the North Dakota Legislature

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides regular outdoors legislation updates on its website at gf.nd.gov/legislation.

North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck.
North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck.
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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is tracking outdoors legislation during the 2023 session of the North Dakota Legislature and provides regular updates on its website at gf.nd.gov/legislation. Here’s a look at the status of hunting- and fishing-related bills in the North Dakota Legislature as of Friday, Jan. 13:

House

  • HB 1134 : Adjusts the license, permit and application fee for an out-of-state guard member to the same fee as a resident. Defines out-of-state guard member as an individual who is a current of former member of the North Dakota national guard who resides in the United States outside the geographical boundaries of this state. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee; hearing set for 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
  • HB 1151 : The Game and Fish Department would not be allowed to issue rules, adopt a policy or practice prohibiting the baiting of deer for lawful hunting. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee; hearing set for 9 a.m. Jan. 20.
  • HB 1175 : Prohibits posting of state school land to public access. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee; hearing set for 9 a.m. Jan. 20.
  • HB 1224 : Allows the dog handler to carry a handgun in the recovery of a big game animal while in the presence of a dog. The dog handler cannot use the handgun to assist in the recovery of the animal. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee; hearing set for 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
  • HB 1233 : Allows the 11-, 12- and 13-year-old antlerless white-tailed deer youth hunter to also hunt during the regular deer gun season. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee; hearing set for 9 a.m. Jan. 20.
  • HB 1258 : The agriculture commissioner shall study challenges associated with native pollinating insects, including their decline, associated ecosystems, health and resilience. Referred to Agriculture Committee.
  • HB 1260 : Develops agreements to compensate private landowners for the development of habitat on private property specific to the geography, form and function necessary for addressing fish and wildlife populations. In addition, allows the Game and Fish director to issue special antlerless elk depredation management licenses to landowners in a manner designated by the director upon payment of the fee required for a resident big game license. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • HB 1366 : Includes barefoot skiing with water skis and surfboards section of century code, detailing regulations including legal hours, observers and penalties. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
READ MORE NORTH DAKOTA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT COVERAGE:
Hunters are surveyed about their hunting activity because understanding how many animals were removed from the population is an important ecological piece of information.

Senate

  • SB 2017 : The 2023-25 legislative starting base level appropriation to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2025, is $89,581,634. The Governor’s recommendation is $110,754,601. Appropriations Committee heard Jan. 11. 
  • SB 2097 : Requires a political subdivision to notify the Game and Fish director, among others, before engaging in meetings with federal agencies to have any water body in the state designated a wild, scenic or recreational river under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Passed Senate 45-2.
  • SB 2179 : Would not prohibit the use of firearms between .22-caliber and .50-caliber when hunting big game on private land. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee; hearing set for 9 a.m. Jan. 20.
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