Chapters of the Mule Deer Foundation in North Dakota recently sent $ 28,110 to landowners enrolled in the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen program.
MDF has partnered with Game and Fish on the PLOTS program since 2007, and these payments supported public access opportunities on 46,902 acres in 2021. Funding comes from revenue generated from MDF’s annual raffle across the country. State of North Dakota.
âWe are proud to be a part of this important hunter access program here in North Dakota,â said Marshall Johnson, North Dakota regional director for MDF. âThe Mule Deer Foundation’s PLOTS payments support working ranches in the heart of mule deer country and inspire landowners to make these private lands accessible to the public.
âAccess to public land is limited in the state, so the PLOTS program is important in ensuring that athletes have places to hunt in North Dakota. “
With over 93% of North Dakota’s land held by private owners, it is essential that Game and Fish work with private landowners to manage wildlife and wildlife habitat. The goal of the PLOTS program is to provide public access for hunting on private land. All PLOTS plots are open to public access to hunting during all legal hunting seasons, or as signed.
âWe are working closely with these landowners to improve habitat on their properties and the access provided by these landowners allows many athletes to have great hunting opportunities,â Johnson said.
Raffle tickets for MDF’s 2022 North Dakota Statewide Mule Deer Tag will go on sale in January.