WIA – Walk-In Access (WIA) Program…providing public hunting opportunities on private lands thanks to volunteer landowners. – Walk-In Access sites are open during any legal hunting season from Sept. 1 to May 31.
WIA – Walk-In Access (WIA) Program…providing public hunting opportunities on private lands thanks to volunteer landowners.
- Walk-In Access sites are open during any legal hunting season from Sept. 1 to May 31. Please respect private property and verify public hunting areas by observing boundary signs.
- No hunting is allowed in any WIA until it is posted.
- Only walk-in hunting traffic is allowed on enrolled acres. Land enrolled in the WIA program is not open to trapping, trap shooting, dog training or activities other than hunting. No vehicle traffic is allowed. Parking is along roads or in designated parking areas.
- Hunters must follow the Code of Conduct. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Developed for WIA lands.
- Emergency Grazing and Haying on WIA sites.
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WMA – Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)…the crown jewels of Minnesota’s wildlife management operation.
- 1,440 public wildlife areas with 1.29 million acres of habitat, from prairies and wetlands to forests and swamps, for Minnesota’s wildlife species.
- Recreation for upland Pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, Waterfowl, and Deer hunters.
- Wildlife watching opportunities including: Sandhill Cranes, Herons, Prairie Chickens, Shore birds, Waterfowl, and more.
WPA – WPAs are Important to Waterfowl Production
- Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are public lands purchased by the Federal government for the purpose of increasing the production of migratory birds, especially waterfowl. Every dollar spent for the purchase of a Federal Duck Stamp goes directly toward the acquisition of waterfowl habitat.
- Historically western Minnesota was a huge grassland, called the Northern Tallgrass Prairie, interspersed with countless wetlands. This prairie pothole area was a duck factory, producing mallards, teal, canvasbacks, other waterfowl and water-dependent birds by the millions. Many wetlands have since been drained and tallgrass prairie is now North America’s rarest habitat; most of which is located on WPAs, State Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Nature Conservancy lands, along with some remnants on private land.
MN DNR News
Public meeting to discuss removal of barrier between Kimball and Ossawinnamakee lakes
by chzeppel on August 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting for residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake in Crow Wing County. The meeting will be held August 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the … Full Story […]
One new lake confirmed after 20-county starry stonewort search
by juforste on August 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Following an organized search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. This is the first new confirmation of … Full Story […]
Caribou Falls State Wayside on the North Shore to be temporarily closed for improvements
by chzeppel on August 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm
The Caribou Falls State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Little Marais, Minn. will be temporarily closed for six to eight weeks beginning mid-August while improvements are made to the site. The project will include the addition of … Full Story […]
Minnesota Twins and DNR partner to offer free hat at three upcoming ballgames
by juforste on August 14, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the next game in this offer coming up Sunday, Aug. … Full Story […]
Public input sought on proposed late season deer hunt and regulations
by juforste on August 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm
People can give input on a proposed late season antlerless only deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two public input meetings about the proposed hunt, potential dates, bag limits and other restrictions. The … Full Story […]