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
- 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
DNR’s main trout hatchery in disrepair, jeopardizing statewide stocking efforts
by juforste on April 10, 2018 at 7:11 pm
Conducting repairs at the state’s 15 hatcheries is part of Gov. Mark Dayton’s $130 million request of Legislature for DNR’s natural resources asset preservation Minnesota’s flagship state-owned trout hatchery in Lanesboro needs $5 million in improvements so anglers can […]
New plan fosters better understanding of deer management, more citizen input
by juforste on April 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm
Comments accepted through May 9; informational meetings begin statewide later this month Minnesota’s new deer plan sets a new statewide harvest target, increases citizen participation in deer management, and outlines ways to keep the population and habitat healthy. The Department […]
DNR, REI team up to provide trip-planning assistance at new Adventure Station
by juforste on April 9, 2018 at 4:21 pm
Wondering where to break in those new hiking boots? Looking for tips on where to pitch that new tent? Stop by the new Adventure Station at REI’s flagship store in Bloomington for some advice from the pros. Staff from REI … Full Story […]
Get fishing questions answered or a license on the go at Fish Minnesota
by juforste on April 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm
What species can I fish for? What kind of bait is legal? What kind of fish can I keep? Don’t have a fishing regulations book handy? No problem. You can find the answer at Fish Minnesota, the fishing information webpage … Full Story […]
Upper Red Lake walleye regulations announced for 2018 open water season
by juforste on April 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm
Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, continuing the same regulation that was in place this past winter and the previous 2017 … Full Story […]