Hunting & Heritage  |  05/06/2020

5 States 5 Programs, One Mission - Ep. 2: North Dakota

At Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, we understand the importance of public lands to hunter access AND the value of private land conservation programs to high-quality habitat. Our 5 STATES 5 PROGRAMS, ONE MISSION video series will highlight how walk-in programs are opening private land habitat to public land bird hunters. Follow along as we feature stories from our members and landowner partners who are living out the mission of “The Habitat Organization” every day.

With more than 790,000 acres currently available to hunters, North Dakota’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS) program took root in the 1997 legislative session when lawmakers authorized the Game and Fish Department to establish programs for landowner assistance that encouraged public access to private lands for hunting.

While some things have changed with the PLOTS program over the last two-plus decades, what remains the same is the three pillars of the program – represented by the three-sided signs – landowners, sportsmen and wildlife.

The Game and Fish Department’s attention to these three things continues to drive the program on a landscape that has lost a lot of its critical wildlife habitat, much of it CRP, in the last 10-plus years.

Understanding that, the Department’s PLOTS program continues to grow, adding acres for North Dakota hunters in pursuit of wild game (Source: ND Game and Fish).
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5 States 5 Programs, ONE MISSION - Ep. 1: Minnesota