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
Annual list of potential timber harvest sites available for review
by juforste on May 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm
The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until June 30. The list is for fiscal year 2018, … Full Story […]
Muskie season begins Saturday
by juforste on May 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Here are the basics Anglers can begin fishing for muskellunge on Saturday, June 3, in Minnesota – a state well known as a muskie fishing destination, according to the Department of Natural Resources. While committed muskie anglers might cast large … Full Story […]
DNR sees boatload of state record fish applications
by juforste on May 30, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Large fish caught highlight the variety and quality of angling in Minnesota Interest has ramped up this spring in the state record fish program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with five applications for four species including everything from … Full Story […]
Find family fun at Minnesota state parks and trails this Memorial Day weekend
by juforste on May 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm
There are plenty of fun places to go and things to do this Memorial Day weekend at Minnesota state parks and trails. Here are some last-minute travel-planning tips: Camping. Sites are still available. Reservations are now required for all overnight … Full Story […]
Early season boaters urged to wear life jackets on cold water
by juforste on May 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm
During the spring “cold water season” of Memorial Day weekend, boaters are reminded that wearing a life jacket is a safety necessity. While boaters are encouraged to always wear a life jacket no matter the water temperature or season, public … Full Story […]