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Bill Status Hearing Date Summary House Vote Senate Vote
HB1017 Active

Appropriates $77,231,739 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Heard 1/10, no action taken.

HB1025 Active

Provides a guideline for the Director to allocate big game hunting licenses to eligible organizations. Passed house.

89-2
HB1077 Active

Appropriates $83,569,734 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Heard 1/10, no action taken.

HB1150 Active

Would allow an individual who applies for a hunting license issued by lottery and withdraws the application prior to the drawing, to receive a bonus point that would have been awarded if the individual would have remained in the lottery and been unsuccessful. Heard 1/12, no action taken.

HB1170 Active

Replaces 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. 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. Heard 1/16, no action taken.

HB1180 Active

Would require Game and Fish to have reasonable suspicion for stops for violations of laws relating to wildlife. Heard 1/19, no action taken.

HB1204 Active

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 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. Heard 1/19, no action taken.

HB1207 Active

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. Heard 1/19, no action taken.

HB1268 Active

Would allow Game and Fish to issue lifetime fishing licenses, and adopt rules necessary to determine eligibility and fees for the licenses. Heard 1/19, no action taken.

HB1281 Withdrawn

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.

HB1350 Active

Would waive the nonresident landowner deer hunting license fee for retired veterans.

HB1367 Active

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 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.

HB1377 Active

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.

HB1396 Active

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.

HB1413 Active

Would develop a system for hunting license lotteries which gives preference to applicants 70 years of age or older.

HB1419 Active

Would make classroom instruction on firearm safety available to the public through qualified instructors. The director may charge a fee to members of the public who receive the instruction.

SB2056 Failed

Would have allowed a hunter of at least 65 years of age to use a crossbow during any bow hunting season. Failed senate.

13-32
SB2155 Active

Would allow an individual to use an airbow during any deer gun season. Heard 1/19, energy and natural resources committee recommended 6-0 do-not-pass.

SB2225 Active

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.

SB2226 Active

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.

SB2227 Active

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.

SB2228 Active

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.

SB2239 Active

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.

SB2259 Active

Would allow a nonresident to buy a waterfowl license that is valid for three periods of four consecutive days. The fee for this license would be $200, and $50 must be used for the private land open to sportsmen program.

SB2282 Active

An individual over age 65 who receives a muzzleloader license to hunt deer may use a telescopic sight.

SB2284 Active

An agent who sells hunting and fishing licenses may charge up to 3 percent of the total license fee excluding the certificate fee. Currently an agent may charge a service fee of 50 cents for each license.