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HB1264 Would create a special license to hunt during the early Canada goose season for both residents and nonresidents and would allow all nonresidents to hunt during the early goose season statewide with the days not counting against the 14 day regular waterfowl season license. It also would require the Game and Fish Department to implement an online application process for Canada goose kill permits to match volunteers with producers. It has passed the House and is now in the Senate.
March 1 is "crossover" day, or the deadline when bills that originated in the House or Senate must be voted on and if passed, sent to the other chamber. Bills that have been defeated also are listed on the Game and Fish website.
HB1130 and SB2231 Both these bills relate to a variety of hunting and fishing license fee increases.
After perusing bills on the website and considering how they might influence your hunting and fishing interests, you may want to contact your local legislator to relay your feelings on a bill.
HB1131 Relates to the minimum age for applying for and receiving big game and youth deer season licenses; it also seeks to clarify language about eligibility for receiving a gratis deer license.
The legislative process in North Dakota takes place only every two years. With that in mind, hunters, anglers, trappers and anyone else who spends time outdoors have an opportunity to engage in the process now, rather than after bills become law and change how they spend time outdoors.
While the process itself is sometimes confusing even to those who follow the Legislature on a daily basis there are a couple of different ways to stay informed. Understand that my intent here is not to influence any opinions or decisions, but to help those with an interest in legislation realize how their views can be considered.
Understand, legislators may not ultimately vote as you would like but not communicating with them is one sure way your thoughts will definitely not be considered.
There is still plenty of Men Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka Black Ireland time to weigh in on most bills. While a few were already acted on by committee and were voted down by either House or Senate, most are still working through the legislative process.
The first step is to learn about the legislation.
The 30 or so bills being tracked are summarized, with a link that will take users directly to the North Dakota Legislature's website for exact wording and bill status.
Being a part of the process
A few bills that have been attracting attention so far and were still active as of Monday: