North Dakota Senate Defeats Trespass Bill Tuesday

In a move that will be seen as good news by most North Dakota sportsmen, a trespass bill was defeated Tuesday by a vote of 17-28 in the North Dakota Senate.

The bill as introduced included language that would have required hunters and trappers to obtain landowner permission before accessing private land, even if the land wasn’t posted. North Dakota’s existing law allows people to access private land unless it specifically is posted otherwise.

In an email circulated today to sportsmen across the state, Mark Mazaheri of Fargo urged hunters and others who opposed the bill to thank the state senators who voted against the bill:

Mazaheri, a Fargo sportsman who tracks North Dakota outdoors legislation and has been sending updates throughout the session, especially cited Anderson, the Turtle Lake legislator, who made an “impassioned plea” for a No vote on the bill during his Senate testimony.

“He really went to bat for us,” Mazaheri writes, adding:

“Thanks to all of you who took the time to contact the committee of your individual senator. We really made an impact on the outcome.”

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracks the status of hunting- and fishing-related bills on its website here.