Trespassing a Concern for Local Law Enforcement, but Plenty of Public Hunting Options are Available
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (11/6/20)
Ada, MN — Local law enforcement is gearing for a couple of busy weekends as the firearms deer season gets underway Saturday. One of the most common complaints that they respond to every year is hunters trespassing on private property without permission. Sometimes hunters assume they have permission or accidentally wander onto someone else’s land, but Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton says with all the mapping and communication technology available, there is no excuse anymore for wrongfully trespassing.
If you do not have any private land to hunt on, there is always the option to hunt on public land. There are thousands of acres of good, accessible, public hunting land available throughout the region, but you do have to share that land with other hunters as well. Detroit Lakes Are Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden provides some guidance for those who have never hunted public land before.
Deer hunters can access a variety of online maps from the DNR including the interactive deer permit area map that shows area boundaries, and public land locations. Hunters can click on “detail report” to find harvest history, permit area designation, winter severity history and other information.
By clicking “detail map” users can view and download a PDF map of the permit area. On a mobile device, the PDF maps can be used with the Avenza Maps app as a geospatial PDF (GeoPDF). GeoPDFs display a current location like Google Maps, but the user does not need to be connected to the internet or have cell service while using the maps.
Hunters can also find online maps of public land in Minnesota, including the state’s 1.3 million acres of land in wildlife management areas. One way to search for WMAs is using the WMA Finder. Additionally, the DNR provides background maps for GPS units that depict WMA boundaries and parking areas.