Less than 20 hunting- and fishing-related bills have been introduced during this year’s session of the North Dakota Legislature.
The biggest of them is HB 1130, which would increase the cost of several hunting licenses in an effort to boost funding for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. As part of the proposal, the cost of a resident small game hunting license would from $6 to $10, a nonresident small game hunting license from $85 to $94, resident big game hunting license from $20 to $25, a youth big game hunting license from $10 to $11, nonresident big game hunting license from $200 to $220, resident furbearer license from $7 to $10, resident wild turkey license from $8 to $10, nonresident waterfowl hunting license from $85 to $94, nonresident furbearer and nongame hunting license from $25 to $28, resident combination license from $32 to $38, nonresident swan license from $25 to $28, and a resident application fee for moose, elk and sheep from $3 to $5.
In addition, the habitat stamp required for the general game license would increase from $10 to $17. Also, $8 (instead of $5) from each habitat stamp sold would be placed in the Game and Fish Department’s private land habitat and access improvement fund.
The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hear the bill at 9 a.m. Friday. There’s also been talk of an amendment to the bill that would raise fishing license and boating registration fees, but so far that hasn’t happened.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department posts regular bill status updates on its website. For a look at HB 1130 and other hunting- and fishing-related bills, click here: