North Dakota wildlife managers encourage hunters to take advantage of electronic mapping tools that can help them identify private lands before venturing there.
Map resources, mobile apps, and printable maps are available on the Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.
“Each has different strengths, such as some require cellular service while others can work offline, others offer the ability to determine who posted the pitch or a point of contact,” said Brian Hosek, director business operations. “And you can still take out this printing material for those who don’t prefer to use these technologies.”
The Legislature this year passed a law making electronic signage equal to physical signage and penalties, and defining a fence. It also only allows legal hunters and fishermen to access fenced and unmarked land, for hunting and fishing activities only, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
About 7,000 homeowners posted 3.75 million acres, or about 8.3% of North Dakota’s land area.
Penalties for violating the new law include a $ 250 non-criminal offense for hunters, anglers and others entering the posted lands, and torts for more serious trespassing scenarios, such as property damage or refusal to leave.
ArcGIS Explorer and Avenza are nationally used apps that will display content published by Game and Fish, Hosek said. Users will need to search for “NDGF” to find the content. The information is included in the mapping services published on private lands open to athletes. This information will appear, as well as the public lands including the lands registered in the PLOTS.
OnX Hunt, another nationally used hunting app, has said it will include electronically published lands for the 2021 hunting season, according to Game and Fish