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have you seen?

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North Dakota’s upland game hunting seasons are rolling out and many hunters will be using a PLOTS guide. Casey Anderson has some valuable advice on the best way to utilize this resource and more.  This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.

Click here to Watch!

More info on upland game hunting

http://gf.nd.gov/publications/television/outdoors-online-webcast

PLOTS guides for 2014

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2014 is now available online at the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.

 

 

 

The guide will feature about 735,000 PLOTS acres. 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. There will also be some PLOTS tracts where the habitat and condition of the tract will have changed significantly. Conversely, 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 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.

non-resident PLOTS restrictions

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Out-of-state hunters are reminded that state law does not allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department owned or managed lands during the first week of the pheasant season.

Private Land Open to Sportsmen acreage and state wildlife management areas are open to hunting by resident hunters only from Oct. 12-18. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state-owned and federal lands, or private land.

The law applies to all small game, waterfowl, furbearer and big game hunting on PLOTS and state wildlife management areas during the first seven days of the pheasant season. Starting Oct. 19 this year, nonresidents may hunt on PLOTS and WMAs as long as the appropriate season is open.

PLOTS cover contest

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The deadline is months away, but now is the time to frame the perfect photograph for acontest that will determine the cover of the 2014 Private Land Open To Sportsmen guide.

 

From end-of-day hunting shots, to scenic action or landscape shots, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department wants to feature hunter photos on the 2014 PLOTS cover and elsewhere that showcase North Dakota’s strong hunting heritage.

 

The department’s free PLOTS guide, which highlights walk-in hunting areas across the state, was first published in the late 1990s.

 

The only real contest guideline is that photos must include a PLOTS sign, front-facing or silhouette.

 

The contest deadline is April 30, 2014. Log on to the Game and Fish Department’s website,gf.nd.gov, to learn more about contest prizes, rules and entry information.

2013 PLOTS guides are online

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2013 is now available online at the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.

 

The guide will feature about 760,000 PLOTS acres. 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. There will also be some PLOTS tracts where the habitat and condition of the tract will have changed significantly. Conversely, 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.

 

In addition, a one-page advertisement announces a photo contest for the cover of the 2014 PLOTS Guide. From end-of-day hunting shots, to scenic action or landscape shots, the Game and Fish Department wants to feature hunter photos on the cover and elsewhere in the guide that showcase North Dakota’s strong hunting heritage.

 

PLOTS 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.

 

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.

2012 PLOTS guides are now online

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PLOTS Guide Available Online

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2012 is now available online at the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in late August.

 

The guide will feature about 840,000 PLOTS acres. 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. There will also be some PLOTS tracts where the habitat and condition of the tract will have changed significantly. Conversely, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

PLOTS and the pheasant opener

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Out-of-state hunters are reminded that state law does not allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department owned or managed lands during the first week of the pheasant season.

Private Land Open to Sportsmen acreage and state wildlife management areas are open to hunting by resident hunters only from Oct. 8-14. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state-owned and federal lands, or private land.

The law applies to all small game, waterfowl, furbearer and big game hunting on PLOTS and state wildlife management areas during the first seven days of the pheasant season. Starting Oct. 15 this year, nonresidents may hunt on PLOTS and WMAs as long as the appropriate season is open.

week 1 reminder on PLOTS & WMA’s

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Residents Only on PLOTS, State WMAs from Oct. 9-15

Out-of-state hunters are reminded that state law does not allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department owned or managed lands during the first week of the pheasant season.

Private Land Open to Sportsmen acreage and state wildlife management areas are open to hunting by resident hunters only from Oct. 9-15. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state-owned and federal lands, or private land.

The law applies to all small game, waterfowl, furbearer and big game hunting on PLOTS and state wildlife management areas during the first seven days of the pheasant season. Starting Oct. 16 this year, nonresidents may hunt on PLOTS and WMAs as long as the appropriate season is open.

planning the weekend hunt

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Grouse and partridge seasons open in North Dakota Saturday, PLOTS guides are a great tool to help find your way around ND

The annual PLOTS guide locates lands open to hunting through agreements between the Department and private landowners, as well as public lands such as wildlife management and waterfowl production areas. Printed guides will be available in early September from license vendors and county auditors located around the state. See the list of locations where PLOTS guides are available.

Note: PLOTS maps change frequently as new tracts are added and others are removed.  Maps on this page are the most current available and are updated periodically to reflect recent changes.

What to do if you find a discrepancy between the PLOTS Guide and conditions on the ground?  If you find an area listed as a PLOTS tract, but that is not marked with yellow triangular PLOTS signs from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the department suggests that you err on the side of caution and avoid entering the area until you have checked it out with us.

The Department’s interactive PLOTS maps available in real time – Note: Turn off popup blocker.

Nonresident hunting restriction.

Note:  Nonresidents may not hunt on lands owned or leased by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, including State Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Private Lands Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS), for the first week of pheasant season (October 9-15). This restriction applies to all types of hunting, not just pheasants.  This restriction does not apply to lands owned or managed by other state agencies such as state school lands, federal lands such as US Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), or to private lands not enrolled in the G&F PLOTS program.

PLOTS maps and related documents appear in PDF format.  To view or print them requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®. Get it free athttp://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Using this Guide

finding a spot to hunt?

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide is available online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.

The guide will feature about 1 million PLOTS acres, a level reached in 2007 and maintained each year since.

Because the guide is printed in August and distributed in early September, some PLOTS tracts highlighted in the guide may 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. Conversely, 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 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.

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.