Walk-In Access

Program information

Walk-In Access (WIA) provides public hunting opportunities on private land that is already enrolled in existing conservation programs or lands with high quality natural cover.

WIA program is 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.

PROGRAM FUNDING: This program started in 2011 when the state received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture's Voluntary Public Access Program. Another grant of 1.67 million was awarded to help fund the program from 2015 to 2018, by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A75-16-509. Additional funding includes:

The DNR continues to seek permanent funding to continue the program into the future.

WIA 2017 Stats:



Total Enrollments as of 08/14/2017




Minnesota's Walk-In Access Program is Established in Law

The 2012 Minnesota Legislature established a Walk-In Access (WIA) Program (Minnesota Statutes 97A.126) to provide public hunting access to wildlife habitat on private land.