House Bill 1200, sponsored by State Representative Todd Porter (R-34) would expand Private Land Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS) to allow youth hunting. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 11-2 and is being referred to the House Appropriations Committee.
HB1200 will allow the director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to lease private land for the purpose of opening that land to hunters under the age of 18 as well as to create a youth hunting grant program to encourage youth hunting. All hunters under 16 must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter and the adult is allowed to hunt.
Also, the House passed House Bill 1319, the Castle Doctrine bill, on a vote of 50-44. Sponsored by State Representative Todd Porter (R-34), HB1319 states that if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle, or your place of business, you do not have a “duty to retreat.” The bill also provides protection from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from criminal attack.
HB1319 is awaiting a committee assignment in the Senate.
Please contact your State Representative and State Senator at 1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447) or 701-328-3373 (local) and respectfully urge him or her to support House Bill 1200 to carry on the tradition of hunting in North Dakota and to protect your right to self-defense by voting “yes” on HB1319.