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Appropriates $83,260,364 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Passed house. Senate appropriations committee amended to appropriate $83,277,498 for the biennium. Passed senate as amended.
Provides a guideline for the Director to allocate big game hunting licenses to eligible organizations. Passed house. Senate energy and natural resources amended to include four spring turkey licenses to North Dakota veterans. Recommended 7-0 do-pass as amended.
Appropriates $83,569,734 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Failed house.
Would allow an individual who applies for a hunting license issued by lottery, and withdraws the application prior to the drawing, to purchase a bonus point that would have been awarded if the individual would have remained in the lottery and been unsuccessful. The fee will be allocated to the PLOTS program. Passed house. Senate energy and natural resources committee heard 03/02, amended to allow residents who do not want to receive a hunting license issued by lottery to purchase a bonus point for a fee that is the same as the respective license. Passed senate as amended.
This bill relates to criminal forfeitures, forfeiture of property, seizure procedures and forfeiture procedures. A portion of the bill originally replaced the term "property" with "animals, birds or fish" as items that must be turned over to the North Dakota wildlife federation to be sold for the highest price obtainable, but was removed during house proceedings. Passed house. Senate judiciary committee heard 03/21, no action taken.
A law enforcement officer may not halt an operator of a vehicle solely to determine compliance, unless the officer has a reasonable suspicion to believe that there is a violation. This section does not apply to inspections and safety checkpoints for commercial motor vehicles. This would require Game and Fish to have reasonable suspicion for stops for violations of laws relating to wildlife. Amended to eliminate the Game and Fish portion of the bill that would require reasonable suspicion for stops relating to wildlife. Failed house.
Would reduce the age from 16 to 12, who does not possess a hunter safety education course certificate of completion, to qualify for an apprentice hunter validation license; would allow youth who turn age 11 before the end of the calendar year, and who has completed hunter education, to receive a whitetail doe license valid for only the youth hunting season (currently the youth has to turn age 12 before the end of the calendar year); would allow the Director to issue a permit for a person to take, kill, hunt, possess, sell, purchase, pursue, shoot at, disturb, capture or destroy any golden eagle, bald eagle or nest. Passed house. Senate energy and natural resources committee amended to remove the hunter education requirement for youth who are age 11 and want to participate in the antlerless white-tailed deer youth hunting season. Passed senate.
Allows Game and Fish to seize tangible property presumed abandoned on state game refuges, real property leased or managed by the game and fish department, and state game or fish management areas. After 90 days, the director may dispose of seized, unclaimed, tangible property presumed abandoned, or order it be turned over to the North Dakota wildlife federation to be sold for the highest price obtainable. The sale proceeds, after the expenses of the seizure and the sale are deducted, must be remitted to the North Dakota wildlife federation report all poachers fund. A report of the sale, supported by proper vouchers covering all deductions made for expenses, must be filed for the record with the director.
Would allow Game and Fish to issue lifetime fishing licenses, and adopt rules necessary to determine eligibility and fees for the licenses. Failed house.
The North Dakota legislative assembly encourages Congress to pass federal legislation to return lands and mineral rights underlying Lake Oahe in North Dakota to the state of North Dakota as reimbursement for the costs borne by the state to ensure public safety in relation to protests against the placement of an oil pipeline under the Missouri River. Withdrawn from consideration.
Would waive the nonresident landowner deer hunting license fee for retired veterans. Failed house.
Would not require an observer on a personal watercraft while towing an individual on water skis, a kneeboard or an inflatable craft if the personal watercraft is equipped with a mirror on each side that provides the operator an unobstructed field of vision to the rear; would allow an individual who is sixteen years of age or older to windsurf or boardsail without wearing a personal flotation device; would prohibit water skiing or surfboarding between one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. Passed house. Senate energy and natural resources committee amended to declare an emergency. Passed senate.
Would allow an individual to use a mechanized vehicle, spotlight, or artificial light of any size or battery capacity to pursue, shoot, kill, take, or attempt to take a coyote. Failed house.
The director may issue special elk depredation management licenses to landowners in designated areas between highway fourteen on the western border, highway forty - three on the southern border, highway three on the eastern border, and the Canadian border on the northern border, upon payment of the fee requirement for a resident big game license. Failed house.
Would develop a system for hunting license lotteries which gives preference to applicants 70 years of age or older. Failed house.
Would give the director the option to establish a firearm safety program, which may be made available to elementary and secondary schools. Passed house. Senate energy and natural resources committee heard 03/10, amended to change it from a firearms safety program to a shooting sports grant program, which may be made available to schools, clubs and organized youth groups. Recommended 7-0 do-pass as amended. Rereferred to appropriation, recommended 14-0 do-pass.
Would have allowed a hunter of at least 65 years of age to use a crossbow during any bow hunting season. Failed senate.
Would have allowed an individual to use an airbow during any deer gun season. Failed senate.
Would require an individual to receive permission from the landowner to hunt, trap or pursue game on private land. Currently permission must be received if the land is posted. Failed senate.
An honorably discharged veteran who must obtain a certificate of completion for a hunter education course may obtain the certificate by completing four hours of online instruction on hunter safety approved by the director. Failed senate.
A nonresident age 65 or older is entitled to purchase up to two nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses per year, with $100 of the fee for the nonresident's second license must be used for the private land open to sportsmen program. The second license would cost $150. Failed senate.
The director shall issue six deer licenses and four spring wild turkey licenses to veterans residing in North Dakota who are selected by a nonprofit organization. Failed senate.
Except for a watercraft owned and operated by a guide, the director shall provide for annual inspection of all watercraft used for hire to determine if rules governing the watercraft have been complied with and may issue licenses to operate the watercraft. Passed senate. House transportation committee heard 03/02, amended to repeal the annual inspections for watercraft for hire. Passed house as amended.
Would allow a nonresident to buy a waterfowl license for $200 that is valid for three periods of four consecutive days. Passed senate. Failed house.
An individual over age 65 who receives a muzzleloader license to hunt deer may use a telescopic sight, with a maximum four-power magnification. Passed senate. Failed house. Motion to reconsider failed.
A vendor who sells hunting and fishing licenses may add a 3 percent service fee to the total transaction. The service fee does not apply to license purchases or applications made through the Game and Fish Department website.
Would allow a fish house and a coyote snare to be identified by a registration number provided by the Game and Fish Department.
Requires the pheasant hunting season to open no later than October 12.