Hunters Better Get With the Program or Get Locked Out

A bill that would have required sportsmen to ask permission to enter private land even if it wasn't posted fell to defeat in the North Dakota Senate, but the trespass issue isn't likely to go away anytime soon. The bill was one of the more controversial pieces of outdoors legislation debated during this year's North Dakota legislative session. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department photo)

MINOT, N.D. — One way or another, the status quo when it comes to land access for outdoor recreationists like hunters is changing.

It’s going to happen.

Hunters, you’d better get used to it.

One way that change could come is an electronic posting pilot program, created during the last legislative session, which allows landowners to control access to their property virtually. They’ll be able to post their land, or not, by way of a website, with hunters able to track which land is available, and contact landowners about accessing posted land, the same way.

Hunters and landowners in North Dakota will participate in this program in Ramsey, Richland, and Slope counties this season, and there are high hopes that it will work well.

It’s an elegant solution to a cantankerous problem.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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