If you have at least 40 acres of conservation or non-farmed land, here’s a way to make extra money.
The state’s Walk-In Access program pays landowners $18 an acre to provide public hunting access on their land from Sept. 1 to May 31, one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Land with high quality natural cover is preferred, especially parcels already in a conservation program such as Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). Other high quality habitat may also be eligible to enroll.
Landowner agreements can last up to three years and include a no-hassle opt-out. The program provides landowners with liability protection through the Minnesota Recreational Use Statute.
Enrollment period for the Walk-In Access program will be open through May 14. For more information, or to sign up, contact Kasey Jenc at the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District office by calling 320-763-3191, ext. 3.
More information is also available at www.mndnr.gov/walkin.