Duck and pheasant plans being developed

A ring-necked pheasant in a field.A duck swimming in a pond.DNR has collected your thoughts and ideas on what should be considered as it prepares to update management plans for duck and pheasant.

These plans form the basis of DNR's approach to managing Minnesota's ducks and pheasants by:

  • Guiding and informing the best ways for DNR to spend existing funds on habitat
  • Providing a framework for requesting new funds for habitat projects
  • Coordinating and developing partnerships

Each plan focuses on habitat, populations and outdoor recreation as they relate to ducks or pheasants.

The comment period has closed. We'll consider the input we received as DNR refines its approach and implements the next steps to update these management plans. Check back here for updates.

Duck plan

This is a draft outline with draft goals and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase wetland, grassland and forest habitat

  • Objective 1: Identify strategic habitat areas to target protection, restoration and enhancement of habitat.
  • Objective 2: Increase landowner interest and participation in conservation programs on private lands.
  • Objective 3: Strategically accelerate acquisition of state Wildlife Management Areas and federal Waterfowl Production Areas.

Goal 2: Enhanced and more productive habitats

  • Objective 4: Develop a wetlands management program focused on small wetlands.
  • Objective 5: Manage additional shallow lakes and wild rice lakes.
  • Objective 6: Increase habitat enhancements on public and private lands.

Goal 3: Increase partnerships, public engagement and communication

  • Objective 7: Leverage coordination through partnerships with other government agencies and non-governmental organizations such as using joint ventures.
  • Objective 8: Expand outreach and engagement with traditional outdoor recreation groups.
  • Objective 9: Expand outreach and engagement activities around ecosystem services provided by habitat for the general public.
  • Objective 10: Increase research and monitoring of habitat and waterfowl and communicate these results to DNR staff, other natural resource professionals and the public.
Pheasant plan

This is a draft outline with draft goals and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase in grassland and wetland habitat

  • Objective 1:  Target restoration, protection and enhancement efforts in habitat complexes at least nine square miles in size with the goal of reaching 40 percent protection in these complexes.
  • Objective 2:  Increase the rate of enrollment in short-term conservation programs and permanent conservation easements by private landowners.
  • Objective 3:  Increase landowner interest and participation in conservation programs through the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership (FBAP).
  • Objective 4:  Strategically accelerate acquisition of public hunting lands including state Wildlife Management Areas and federal Waterfowl Production Areas.

Goal 2: Enhanced and more productive habitats

  • Objective 5:  Increase habitat enhancements on public and private lands.
  • Objective 6:  Incorporate emerging practices such as precision agriculture, conservation grazing, and soil health into agricultural lands.

Goal 3: Increased opportunities for outdoor recreation

  • Objective 7:  Seek continued federal funding to sustain the Walk-In Access program.

Goal 4: Increased communication, engagement and awareness of grassland issues

  • Objective 8:  Expand outreach and engagement activities with traditional outdoor recreation groups.
  • Objective 9:  Expand outreach and engagement activities around ecosystem services provided by habitat for the general public.
  • Objective 10:  Expand monitoring and research capacity for both habitat and population studies of grassland wildlife and clearly communicate these results to the public.