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This listing will be updated throughout each session as bills are introduced and progress.

Legislation List
Bill Identification Status Hearing Date Summary House Vote Senate Vote
HB 1014 Signed

Provides an appropriation for the biennium for defraying the expenses of the industrial commission and the agencies under its control. This includes Outdoor Heritage Fund at $15 million. Signed by governor.

77-9 46-0
HB 1134 Signed

Amends subsection 12(c) of section 20.1-02-05 of North Dakota century code, to issue any resident license, except a lottery permit, to include nonresident current North Dakota national guard members. Signed by governor.

90-1 46-1
HB 1151 Failed

Prohibits the Game and Fish Department from issuing rules or adopting a policy or practice prohibiting the baiting of big game animals for lawful hunting on private property. Allows hunting big game over bait on private property from Aug. 25 through Jan. 7, with a volume capacity of 50 gallons and a setback of 150 feet from a landowners property. Passed house. Senate energy and natural resources committee heard 03/16, amended to remove the dates when hunting big game over bait is allowed and reduced the setback to 10 feet. Recommended 6-0 do pass as amended. Failed senate.

76-18 21-26
HB 1175 Failed

Provides for a legislative management study regarding the posting of school trust lands during the big game hunting seasons. The study must include input from Departments of Trust Lands and Game and Fish, and report findings and recommendations to the 69th assembly. Passed house. Failed senate.

89-2 5-42
HB 1224 Signed

Allows the dog handler to carry a handgun in the recovery of a big game animal while in the presence of a dog. The dog handler cannot use the handgun to assist in the recovery of the animal, and must have permission from the landowner or individual authorized by the landowner before entering private land for the recovery of a big game animal. Signed by governor.

91-0 46-1
HB 1233 Signed

Allows the 11, 12 and 13 year old antlerless white-tailed deer youth hunter to also hunt during the regular deer gun season. Signed by governor.

87-3 45-0
HB 1258 Failed

The agriculture commissioner shall study challenges associated with native pollinating insects, including their decline, associated ecosystems, health and resilience. Failed house.

HB 1260 Signed

Develops agreements to compensate private landowners for the development of habitat on private property for addressing fish and wildlife populations. In addition, allows the Game and Fish director to issue special antlerless elk depredation management licenses to landowners upon payment of the fee required for a resident big game license. To be eligible for this license a landowner cannot charge a fee for elk hunting and must allow reasonable public access as determined by the director. Signed by governor.

85-9 47-0
HB 1366 Signed

Allows an individual engaged in barefoot skiing to wear a wet suit. A life preserver must be on board the towing vessel for an individual barefoot skiing or surfing. Signed by governor.

89-5 47-0
HB 1377 Failed

Any member of a party of 10 or fewer may take or kill the number of deer which is equal to the number of valid deer licenses held by the participating members of the party. Failed house.

HB 1408 Failed

Ten percent of the true and full valuation of land enrolled in the private land open to sportsmen program, which is owned by a resident of this state, would be eligible for property tax exemption. Failed house.

HB 1409 Signed

A nonresident youth who is less than 16 years of age may purchase a resident general game hunting license and may hunt small game and waterfowl, except swans and wild turkeys, during the entire regular small game and waterfowl seasons. The accompanying adult family member or legal guardian does not have to be licensed. Signed by governor.

91-0 47-0
HB 1414 Failed

A nonresident who previously has purchased a resident hunting or fishing license with the department and has a resident family member in the state may purchase a resident family member small game license and hunt upland game as authorized by the department. The nonresident may hunt upland game for four days which may be consecutive or nonconsecutive from November 15 to the end of the upland game season. Failed house.

HB 1538 Signed

Relates to fishing. Establishes an application fee of $75 for all tournaments, a conservation fee of an amount to be determined between the tournament sponsor and a representative of the fishing tournament (except for nonprofits), post contest reporting requirements, Game and Fish establishes a fishery conservation fund, and a surcharge of $5 on each nonresident fishing license. Effective April 1, 2024. Signed by governor.

85-6 44-2
SB 2017 Signed

Establishes an appropriation of $107,611,466 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2025. Signed by governor.

67-24 47-0
SB 2097 Signed

Requires a political subdivision to notify the Game and Fish director, among others, before engaging in meetings with federal agencies to have any water body in the state designated a wild, scenic or recreational river under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Signed by governor.

92-0 47-0
SB 2179 Withdrawn

Would not prohibit the use of firearms between .22-caliber and .50-caliber when hunting big game on private land. Withdrawn from consideration.

SB 2294 Failed

Nonprofit organzations eligible to receive special allocation big game hunting licenses would also include those eligible organizations exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(19). Current law states those under section 501(c)(3) are eligible to receive no more than two elk, two moose, two pronghorn and 10 white-tailed deer licenses. Failed senate.

SB 2297 Signed

Certified game and fish volunteer instructors who have maintained active status in the state for 30 years are eligible to receive complimentary fishing and certain hunting licenses. Emergency clause. Signed by governor.

91-1 47-0
SB 2298 Withdrawn

When an owner or lessor of land in the state, the state owes a duty of reasonable care to keep the premises safe for entry or use by others for recreational purposes, regardless of the location and nature of the recreational purposes and whether the entry or use by others is for recreational purposes or is directly derived from the recreational purposes of others, and warn of a dangerous condition, use, structure, or activity on the land to persons entering for recreational purposes. Withdrawn from consideration.

SB 2368 Failed

During the 2023-24 interim, legislative management shall consider studying the laws governing the Game and Fish Department and the possibility of implementing an appointed game and fish commission to supervise the department. Failed senate.

SB 2382 Signed

Provides clarity to the motorboat numbering exemptions section of the North Dakota Century Code. Signed by governor.

93-0 46-0