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Map Service Applications

Interactive Map Service - Desktop: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department interactive map services provide users with a large amount of data and functionality all available through a web browser. These map services offer a rich user experience with additional functionality, tools and widgets. Users can interact with map features and customize the map as desired.

Interactive Map Service - Mobile: Mobile interactive map services are map services that have been optimized for mobile device browsers. These differ from 'Web Maps' (see definition below) in that there are generally more tools and data layers available than the more simplistic 'Web Maps'. With responsive design, these applications will format according to the device form (desktop, tablet, handheld) all through the browser.

Web Map: While these maps may be viewed in a standard browser, they are also designed to be used within a native mobile application like the Esri ArcGIS application. These maps tend to be simplistic with limited data layers and tools. Mobile device GPS location services may be used with these maps allowing a user to view their current location on the map.

Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps are native applications (applications that are downloaded and installed on a mobile device) like ArcGIS online. These applications utilize 'Web Map' (see definition above) services. The Department currently publishes 'Web Maps' using ArcGIS Online. For instructions on how to install ArcGIS online on a mobile device and view Department maps, please see the Mobile App page.

Garmin GPS Maps

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department GPS maps were originally designed for staff use and were constructed to work on several varieties of Garmin handheld GPS models. These map files may be downloaded to a Garmin GPS unit for use in the field. The Department recognizes that these maps may not work well for all models and expect end users to proceed at their own discretion.

GIS Hub Data Portal

The North Dakota GIS Hub Data Portal is a tool for finding downloadable GIS data, GIS web services, and GIS applications using geographic extents, searching by keywords, browsing or searching within categories, or some combination of all.

Web and Data Services

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides a simple web interface solution to access the Department’s published GIS web services using the ArcGIS Server REST (Representational State Transfer) API. These web services provide the means of streaming GIS data to the computer, avoiding the need to download. These services may provide a better solution when accessing dynamic data, providing the user with the most current information available.

Other Notes

Printable (pdf): Maps labeled as 'Printable' on the Map Index page are formatted for printing and are in .pdf format. These maps may be viewed and printed using Adobe Reader. This software can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. (As with any software installed on your device, always keep Adobe Reader up to date.)

Quick View: Maps labeled as 'Quick View' on the Map Index page, are generally in a .jpg image format. These maps may also be printed from the browser, but may have lower print quality than the .pdf versions.

Data used to create the North Dakota Game and Fish Department GPS maps are subject to frequent change, and are compiled from a variety of sources, data standards and scales. Users should be aware that the data may contain spatial inaccuracies, does not represent a legal land survey and may not be appropriate at certain scales.

Which do I need?

1. I want to view a simple, pre-defined map on a specific topic like PLOTS, hunting units, species ranges, boat access locations, fish stocking, etc. on my smartphone or tablet. I want to use the browser on my mobile device to view the map (less functionality) yes → See Map Service Applications - Web Map Section and/or the 'Web Maps' column on the Map Index page.
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I want to use ArcGIS Online to view the map (requires installation of ArcGIS Online - free download, more functionality also allows use of GPS location service on mobile devices to show where the device is in relation to the map) yes → See the Mobile App page for instructions on downloading ArcGIS Online and finding Department maps.

2. I want to view a map on a specific topic, but I want to customize the map with different layers (ex. view hunting units overlayed on a species range map), or I want to see all available data layers and create my own map, calculate distances and areas, etc. I want to use a mobile device to view the map yes → See Map Service Applications - Interactive Map Services (Mobile Viewer options)
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I want to use a pc to view the map. yes → See Map Service Applications - Interactive Map Services (Desktop Viewer options)

3. I want a map I can download onto my handheld Garmin GPS unit. See theGarmin GPS Maps page.

4. I want to view or download North Dakota geospatial data for use in my own application. See the Web and Data Services page and/or the North Dakota GIS Hub Data Portal.