The Walk-In Access program can offer you additional income on non-farmed acres.
Quite simply, the program compensates you for providing public hunting access on your land from Sept. 1 to May 31.
WIA targets parcels of 40 acres or more with high quality natural cover. This may include parcels already in a conservation program such as Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). Other high quality habitat, such as river bottom or resting grassland pastures may also be eligible to enroll.
WIA compensates landowners $10-$13 per acre to provide public hunting access on the parcel. Landowner agreements are limited to three years and include a no-hassle opt-out clause. All landowners in the program are afforded liability protection through the Minnesota Recreational Use Statutes.
When you enroll land in the Walk-In Access Program you are leasing the land to the state of Minnesota for the public to hunt. Hunters who have purchased a WIA Validation can access the land one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from Sept. 1 to May 31. Other uses by the public are prohibited without your written permission.
In 2016, approximately 210 sites covering more than 23,000 acres were enrolled across 46 Minnesota counties.
If you’d like to learn more about the Walk-In Access program, contact Nik Kadel at
507-357-4879 Ext. 3 or email@example.com
2017 Walk-in Sign up enrollment begins January 23, 2017 until April 28.