Port: Legislation introduced to end the presumption of access to unposted private land

Tony Crotty carries back a couple of Canada geese during an early season hunt in North Dakota. (Bret Amundson/Forum News Service)
Tony Crotty carries back a couple of Canada geese during an early season hunt in North Dakota. (Bret Amundson/Forum News Service)

Earlier this month I wrote about a debate that was expected for this legislative session over the presumption of access to unposted private land.

Currently hunters and others can go on land that’s not posted. If land is posted, they have to obtain permission. That status quo put the onus on land owners, requiring that they opt out of allowing public access to their land instead of opting in.

As expected, legislation has been introduced to change that situation. It’s SB2315, introduced by Senator Robert Erbele (R-Lehr), and it would require that individuals get permission to access land (they could still access private land to pursuit of game they’ve already wounded).

Interestingly, the also includes language which would require the creation of an online database of private land the owners want open.

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