The ‘no trespass’ bill was one of the most controversial issues during the 2019 North Dakota legislative session. While the bill passed in the State Senate, it went down in the House. An electronic posting pilot project was developed as an alternative. State Senator Dale Patten of Watford City says landowners in Ramsey, Richland and Polk County have until July 15th to designate land as posted. “If we’re successful with this pilot program having landowners comfortable with it and sportsmen groups saying it works for them, I could see legislation coming in the next session to authorize that.” The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association sees this as a private property rights issue. The group is eager to see the results of the electronic posting pilot project. In addition to hunting, NDSA wants to see more options to consider for criminal trespassing.
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