The goal of the Walk-In Access (WIA) program is to provide new hunting opportunities on private land that is already enrolled in existing conservation programs or lands with high quality wildlife cover. The DNR is looking for 40 or more acres of prairie habitat that is adjacent to a road.
$10 an acre
$1 an acre extra for every acre above 140 acres
$1 an acre extra if within .5 miles of a WMA, WPA, WIA
$1 an acre extra if signing a multi- year contract
The WIA program is entirely voluntary for landowners. Most landowners chose to enroll their property for two or three years. Enrolled lands are covered under the Minnesota recreational use laws that limit landowners' liability. DNR conservation officers handle trespass and hunting violations.
WIA started in 2011 as a two-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Voluntary Public Access Program. The DNR continues to seek permanent funding to continue the program in 2018 and beyond.