BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say thousands of North Dakota landowners have electronically posted millions of acres of private land in what is believed to be the first system of its kind in the nation.
The 2021 North Dakota Legislature passed a law making electronic posting equal to physical posting and penalties and also defines a fence. It allows only lawful hunters and anglers to access fenced, unposted land for hunting and fishing activities only. The law takes effect Aug. 1.
North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department opened the system for electronic posting in May. The deadline to post was Thursday, in advance of fall hunting. North Dakota is the first state to make electronic posting available for private land, according to the governor’s office.
A total of about 7,000 landowners posted 3.75 million acres around North Dakota, Game and Fish Information Technology Supervisor Brian Hosek said. That acreage is about 8.3% of North Dakota’s total area, The Bismarck Tribune reported.
Republican state Sen. Robert Erbele, who brought the bill, called the participation “absolutely wonderful.” He didn’t know what to expect and said he’s happy to see that the postings are spread throughout the state and “not just little pockets.”
The public is able to see the electronically posted land through a Private Land Open To Sportsmen guide, available at gf.nd.gov/maps/map-service-apps.