From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
-- With some big game seasons opening in early September, North Dakota hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait on state wildlife management areas is prohibited.
In addition, hunting over bait is also not allowed on all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.
Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of baits for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting.
Baits include but are not limited to grains, minerals, salts, fruits, vegetables, hay or any other natural or manufactured foods. It does not apply to the use of scents and lures, water, food plots, standing crops, or livestock feeds being used in standard practices.
Hunters may also be interested to know the North Dakota Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guides can be found at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.
The PLOTS Guide will be similar to 2008 and feature about 1 million PLOTS acres. However, because the guide is printed in August and distributed in early September, there will be some PLOTS tracts highlighted in the guide that have been removed from the program since the time of printing. There will also be some PLOTS tracts that will remain in the program, but the habitat and condition of the tracts will have changed significantly.
To minimize possible confusion, the Game and Fish Department will update PLOTS map sheets weekly on its website at gf.nd.gov. Hunters can also view the guide, and find a list of vendors where guides are available, on the 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 available 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.