Duck and pheasant plans being developed

A ring-necked pheasant in a field.A duck swimming in a pond.The 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 the DNR's approach to managing Minnesota's ducks and pheasants over the next four years by:

  • Guiding and informing the best ways for the 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 draft plans reflect what the DNR has heard from stakeholders and partners, and in earlier public comments. We identified nine objectives where we feel we can be most effective in restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat for ducks and pheasants.  

The comment period has closed. We'll consider the input we received as the 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; the draft duck plan provides additional details.

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 the rate of enrollment in short-term conservation programs and permanent conservation easements by private landowners.
  • Objective 3: Strategically accelerate acquisition of state Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and federal Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA).

Goal 2: Enhanced habitats

  • Objective 4: Develop a program to expand and increase management focused on small wetlands.
  • Objective 5: Increase the number of managed 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 governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.
  • Objective 8: Expand outreach and engagement activities around Minnesota’s public and private land habitats to demonstrate their values for outdoor recreation, improvements to water quality, creating a landscape more resilient to future climates, and improved quality of life.
  • Objective 9: Expand research and monitoring capacity for both waterfowl habitat and and communicate these results to conservation professionals and the public.
Pheasant plan

This is a draft outline with draft goals and objectives; the draft pheasant plan provides additional details.

Goal 1: Increase the acres of grassland and wetland habitat

  • Objective 1:  Target restoration, protection, and enhancement efforts in habitat complexes at least 9-square miles in size with the goal of reaching 40 percent habitat 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:  Strategically accelerate acquisition of public hunting lands, including state Wildlife Management Areas and federal Waterfowl Production Areas.
  • Objective 4:  Increase landowner interest and participation in conservation programs through the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership.

Goal 2: Enhance grassland, wetland, and other habitats

  • Objective 5:  Increase habitat enhancements on public and private lands.

Goal 3: Increased opportunities for outdoor recreation

  • Objective 6:  Seek continued federal funding to sustain the Walk-In Access program.
  • Objective 7: Promote hunting and outdoor recreation, especially on public lands.

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

  • Objective 8:  Expand outreach and engagement activities around Minnesota’s public and private land habitats to demonstrate their values for outdoor recreation, improvements to water quality, creating a landscape more resilient to future climates, and improved quality of life.
  • Objective 9:  Expand monitoring and research capacity for both habitat and population studies of grassland wildlife and clearly communicate these results to conservation professionals and the public.