Hunters in western and south-central Minnesota can access a total 22,800 acres through the Walk-In Access program that allows public hunting on private land, representing an increase of 1,700 acres this year.
“This program is great for those hunting pheasants, upland birds, deer and other game because hunters gain access to land without having to knock on doors to seek permission,” said Jesse Roberts, Department of Natural Resources Walk-In Access coordinator.
Bright yellow-green signs have been placed on Walk-In Access boundaries. Maps of all sites are available for viewing at www.mndnr.gov/walkin. Printed atlases of Walk-In Access sites are being distributed across western and south-central Minnesota to DNR license agents, area wildlife offices, and county soil and water conservation district offices. Wildlife office locations can be found at www.mndnr.gov/contact/locator.html. The atlases also will be available by calling the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367.
The Walk-In Access program provides public access to private land and pays landowners by the acre to allow hunting access from Sept. 1 to May 31. Most Walk-In Access land is also enrolled in private land conservation programs or has natural cover. Small inclusions of cropland or hay land may be present.
Hunters must have a Walk-In Access Validation ($3) on their hunting license to legally access Walk-In Access land.
The 2015 Minnesota pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 10, and seasons for several other small game species are already open.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.