The North Dakota Game and Fish’s open access program receives an annual donation of $10,000 from the NWTF North Dakota State Chapter to help secure additional privately controlled acreage for public use, and 2018 was no different.
The private land open to sportsmen, or P.L.O.T.S. program, is NDGF’s private lands access for public hunting enrollment program. The contributions are used for both access lease payments and assistance with habitat developments on those properties.
In 2018, the $10,000 was used to enroll two properties for multiple years and enhance wildlife habitat on those properties. One of the property enrollments included planting native grasses and forbs on 46 acres in Ransom County along the Sheyenne River. The 46-acre planting is crosshatched (planting in two directions that intersect) and makes a nice addition to this tract, providing critical turkey habitat as well as public access to the property. A total of 320 acres was enrolled in the P.L.O.T.S. program until 2027.
A second property enrollment along the Heart River in Morton County already has an abundance of wild turkeys present. This enrollment provides public access to 380 total acres on this tract until 2022. A 12-acre food plot was also created on this property.