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
- DNR considers removing trout stream designation on East Swan RiverPosted by chzeppel on December 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering removing the trout stream designation on the East Swan River and its tributaries, including East Swan Creek and Little Swan Creek in St. Louis County. The DNR considered changes to about 90 … Full Story […]
- DNR sets protective elevation for White Bear LakePosted by juforste on December 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established a protective elevation for White Bear Lake, located in Ramsey and Washington counties. The protective elevation is 922.0 feet above mean sea level. The current level of White Bear Lake is 922.7 … Full Story […]
- DNR reminder: Avoid early icePosted by stcarrol on December 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm
With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. The Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have a message – stay off the ice until at … Full Story […]
- First breeding bull introduced to Minneopa bison herdPosted by stcarrol on December 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm
The first breeding bull has arrived at Minneopa State Park near Mankato, bringing to 15 the number of bison at the park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The yearling bull comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in … Full Story […]
- 12 citizens appointed to Game and Fish Fund oversight committeesPosted by juforste on December 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm
The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has appointed 12 Minnesotans to three-year terms on citizen oversight committees that monitor the agency’s fish and wildlife spending. The appointees are responsible for reviewing the DNR’s annual Game and Fish […]