The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing to receive public comments regarding allowing hunting, trapping, and dogs under control at the Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA.
Scientific and Natural Areas are state lands established to preserve natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value. The Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA is open to the public for non-motorized activities such as hiking, bird-watching, nature photography, and snowshoeing. Deer hunting was open by special permit, administered by DNR Wildlife prior to 2010, and then opened to regular firearms and archery seasons since that time.
The Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA was established to protect native Dry Barrens Oak Savanna and habitat for rare plant and animal species. Information on resources and location of Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA can be found at here. Learn more about recreational uses and visiting SNAs.