Where to Hunt
- Private lands in North Dakota are open to hunting unless posted or otherwise restricted by law, however it is always best practice to speak with the landowner before hunting any private lands.
- Public lands in the state also offer many hunting opportunities. Public lands are managed by several different government agencies, and hunting rules may differ on each.
North Dakota Hunting Atlas
The North Dakota Hunting Atlas provides information on both public and private lands including electronically posted lands, WMAs, PLOTS, etc.
No hunting is allowed, without permission from the landowner or leasee, on private lands in North Dakota that have been legally posted either with physical signs or electronically.
Private land that is not physically or electronically posted and is not otherwise restricted to hunting by law may be hunted without landowner permission.
Private Land Open to Sportsmen
Working together, private landowners and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provide hunting access to many private lands via Private Land Open to Sportsmen agreements.
Lands open to hunting under these agreements are posted with PLOTS signs and can be found via the print and online map resources found here.
Note: Property enrolled in this program changes annually.
Wildlife Management Areas
Public land managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
WMAs are managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. They are located throughtout the state and, unless otherwise specified, are open to hunting, fishing and trapping. Check the current hunting and fishing regulations and proclamations for details.
Other Public Lands
The following agencies manage public lands some of which are open for hunting. Hunting rules may vary, so check with the appropriate agency before hunting any of these public lands.
To find public lands managed by these agencies in your hunting unit, use the General Information Map Service here. Click on the > arrow in the upper left portion of the map to open the layers menu, then add the specific lands you'd like to view.