How to Hunt Public Land & Be Safe and Successful
Detroit Lakes, MN — Wanting to join the hundreds of thousands across the state in the firearms deer season, but don’t have any hunting land? The good news is that you actually DO own hunting land. In fact, you own nearly 10,000 acres in Norman County alone. Public land can be a great option for hunters needing a spot to post up or push for a whitetail deer, but it is not without challenges. Public Hunting land can be difficult to navigate, especially during wet years, and be crowded with other hunters. Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Area Supervisor, who hunts only on public land himself, offers some helpful tips for hunters looking to hunt one of the many area Wildlife Management Areas.
There are some rules for hunting public hunting land that do not apply to those hunting on private land. Conservation Officer Tom Hutchins says we are very lucky to have public hunting opportunities that we do, so make sure to pick up your mess, take your portable stand with you, and make sure to be visible to other hunters.
According the Minnesota DNR website, there are 1,440 public wildlife areas across the state, which add up to nearly 1.3 million acres that is available to hunting for small, big game, and waterfowl.