DNR Walk-In Access Program 27 Jan 12

Landowners in 21 southwestern Minnesota counties can earn money by allowing public hunting on their private land through the DNR’s Walk-In Access program. The WIA program is entering its second year as a pilot program. It targets privately owned parcels of 40 acres or more that are already enrolled in a conservation program such as Reinvest In Minnesota or the Conservation Reserve Program. River bottoms, wetlands and other high-quality habitat will also be considered for WIA this year. Landowners are paid by the acre, with bonuses added in certain circumstances. Last year 90 landowners enrolled about 9,000 acres. This year’s sign-up period goes from February 1st to April 15th. More information and a map of the 21 counties involved in the program can be found on the DNR’s website. Locations of parcels enrolled for 2012 will be on the website in August.