Property rights and hunting bill passes ND Senate

BISMARCK, N.D. - The property rights and hunting bill, 2315 passed Tuesday in the Senate by a vote of 28-18. This would implement a database identifying whether land is open to hunters through a color scheme, green (hunting available), yellow (need to ask property owner or manager for permission) and red (closed for hunting).

However, Senator Garry Luick stressed if property is listed as green it is only open to hunting and if one is not hunting it is considered trespassing. If someone does trespass, or remains on the property after being asked to leave, the individual may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor.

If landowners refuse to post their land on the data base, the land will be green on the map.

The bill also states the hunters access advisory group will oversee the development of the hunters access database identifying private land in the state as open to hunters, closed to hunters, or open to hunters with permission from the owner or lawful occupant.

The bill now moves to the house to be voted on.