North Dakota Outdoors: Electric Posting

Doug Leier
Devils Lake Daily Journal

DEVILS LAKE - The North Dakota legislature in 2021 passed a bill to allow electronic posting of private land, giving landowners another option for posting private property. It’s another option. If landowners would rather post property as they have in the past they still can.

Landowners interested in posting electronically for the 2021-22 hunting season had to do so by July 15. If a landowner wants to go out and put up posted signs now or in the future on land they didn’t electronically post they still can.

Brian Hosek, North Dakota Game and Fish Department administrative operations manager, said nearly 4 million acres were enrolled electronically by the deadline.

There are tools available on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, that hunters can use to determine land that has been electronically posted. These include multiple map applications and digital PDF documents that can be saved to a device or printed for use in the field.

The map applications can be accessed by a computer or smartphone. The applications offer features to identify a point of contact, work offline or without cellular service, and the ability to create your own maps. Custom maps provide the ability to turn on other map features, such as deer hunting units and aerial imagery, or zoom into areas to see more detailed information.

The North Dakota legislature in 2021 passed a bill to allow electronic posting of private land, giving landowners another option for posting private property. It’s another option. If landowners would rather post property as they have in the past they still can.

Hosek said a benefit of electronic posting for hunters is that they can determine a valid point of contact when requesting access. The name of the landowner, or authorized individual who posted the land, is included on the map applications.

While law requires the name of the individual who posted the land to be available to the public, hunters may also find additional contact information such as an email address, phone number and/or alternate point of contact. Hunters should note that point of contact information is not available on printed maps, but only on online applications.

There are two map applications available to find the individual who posted land electronically. The PLOTS Guide viewer and ArcGIS Explorer app will show electronically posted lands in dark orange crosshatch. Clicking on the parcel will display the individual who posted the land and may include additional contact information.

To determine posting in areas without cellular access, hunters should note there is an application available to upload the statewide PLOTS Guide map. This mobile application does not require cellular service and can work offline.

Once uploaded, this application offers the ability to view your location, lands posted electronically, plus public lands and PLOTS tracts. Another option is to use the digital PDF documents or printable maps.

To be more informed on the latest map updates for public lands, PLOTS and electronically posted lands, click on the “subscribe to news and alerts” link on the Department’s website and sign up for mapping updates. Here you will be provided messaging via email or text message as map updates become available.

TO ACCESS PLOTS INTERACTIVE GUIDE VIA DESKTOP COMPUTER:

1. Go to gf.nd.gov

2. On the homepage, click on the Maps link 3. Click on PLOTS Guide Viewer under Map Resources

4. Scroll, click and drag to zoom/pan around the map

5. Locate an electronically posted area, denoted by orange crosshatching

6. Click on the map feature for more information or use identifying tool

7. Repeat steps 6-7 for other electronically posted areas

TO ACCESS PLOTS INTERACTIVE GUIDE VIA MOBILE PHONE (WITH CELLULAR SERVICE):

1. Go to gf.nd.gov

2. On the homepage, tap the compass icon

3. Locate and tap Map Service Apps

4. Scroll to bottom, tap PLOTS Guide Viewer

5. Pinch to zoom and tap to drag around the map

6. Locate an electronically posted area, denoted by orange crosshatching

7. Tap on the map feature or use identifying tool

8. Repeat steps 6-7 for other electronically posted areas