Walk In Access

Eligible Lands

The next enrollment period begins in January 2020.

  • Enrollment is limited to 46 counties.

  • Hunting is allowed during legal seasons between September 1 and May 31.

  • Landowners are afforded liability protection through the Recreational Use Statutes. Specifically under Sections 604A.20 through 604A.27 under Public Benefit or Function Activities in the CIVIL LIABILITY LIMITATIONS Chapter

  • Must be at least 40 acres in size or it must be contiguous with another WIA parcel that is 40 acres or more in size.

  • Priority is given to lands enrolled in a conservation program such as the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) or the state Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve program (RIM), or other state and federal conservation programs.

  • Lands not enrolled in a conservation program may be eligible if high quality natural cover exists and is maintained by the landowner.

  • Lands within 500 feet of a home or corral occupied by livestock cannot be enrolled, unless they are occupied by the cooperator or his/her livestock.

  • The enrolled parcel must be accessible from a public road.

  • The habitat must be maintained through the enrollment period.

  • Landowners, or the State, may terminate the contract at any time (effective 30 days after written notice of termination is received).

An article from the 2018 WIA Signup:

The Minnesota Walk-In Access (WIA) program is opening new opportunities for hunters and hikers to have access to excellent habitat for outdoor recreation.  The Conservation Reserve Program CRP and Reinvest in Minnesota programs protect Minnesota’s endangered prairie habitats to ensure, rare and unique native species of plants and animals have the necessary habitats to be successful and thrive in the landscape.  These lands are privately owned and the WIA program allows individuals with a validation access to these CRP and RIM lands to view rare species and hunt game species. The WIA program compensates landowners for allowing access of these individual onto their private lands. 

After several successful WIA signups, beginning January 22nd 2018 through April 27th 2018 you can re-enroll and sign up new acres into the program.  The WIA field boundaries are determined by the landowner and need to be a minimum of 40 acres.  There are incentive payments for specific qualifications.  Landowners can get a minimum payment of $10 per acre, with an additional dollar per acre incentive payment for; multi-year contract, being within ½ mile of another WIA or public Hunting land, and being over 140 ac with a maximum payment of $13 per acre. 

Contact the Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District office in Clarkfield to find out more information about this program, or call Brayden Anderson at (320) 669-4442 ext 114.

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