For those of you like me who are counting the days until fall, a sure sign that hunting seasons are just around the corner now is online:
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 2014 Private Land Open to Sportsmen Guide.
One of the most useful tools North Dakota hunters have at their disposal, the PLOTS guide will feature about 735,000 acres of walk-in access land enrolled in the program. The guide is available on the Game and Fish website by clicking here.
Hard copies of the guide will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.
Because the guide is printed in mid-August, some PLOTS tracts highlighted in the guide may have been removed from the program since the time of printing. On the downside — and unfortunately, a sign of things to come — there also will be some PLOTS tracts where the habitat and condition of the land has changed significantly. At the same time, Game and Fish may have added new tracts to the program after the guide went to press.
To minimize possible confusion, Game and Fish will update PLOTS map sheets weekly on its website.
The PLOTS Guide features maps highlighting these walk-in areas, identified in the field by inverted triangular yellow signs, as well as other public lands.
The guides are free, and will be available in early September at county auditor offices and license vendors in the state; by walk-in at the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office; and at district offices in Riverdale, Harvey (Lonetree), Williston, Dickinson, Jamestown and Devils Lake.
The guides are not available to mail, so hunters will have to pick one up at a local vendor, or print individual maps from the website.