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Ritter WMA

County: Stearns
Nearest Town: Melrose
Area: 100 ac

Directions: 4 miles NE of Melrose within Section 13, T126N, R33W

Description: This 103 acre WMA is typical of northern Stearns County with steeply rolling terrain and a mixture of sedge/cattail dominated wetlands, oak hardwood stands, and restored prairie. Future management objectives include periodic prescribed burning.

Good opportunities exist for hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and hiking. As with many WMAs, more remote areas of this unit are visited by people less and offer solitude and discovery for those willing to explore.

This area has outstanding diverse habitat features from a spring fed fen to an old growth bur oak hardwood stand. This is a great place to take children and explore all the different landscape features and wildlife. Bring binoculars.

Please respect property boundaries and ask for permission before going on private lands. Consider picking up any litter you come across. Help us be good neighbors. The future of our WMA program depends on everyone being responsible users of our WMAs.

At this scale, these WMA boundaries are general, and do not accurately represent the actual legal boundaries. WMA users still need to verify public lands boundaries by observing boundary signs and contacting local DNR Wildlife offices.