Dedication for Cupido WMA, Norman County’s Newest Wildlife Management Area, on August 6th
Twin Valley, MN — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking part in a dedication ceremony this Friday, August 6th for Norman County’s newest and one of it’s most significant Wildlife Management Areas. The Cupido Wildlife Management Area, which was gifted to the DNR last year by the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society and Pheasants Forever, is located approximately three and a half miles west of Syre and adjoins thousands of acres of already existing WMA’s along that stretch. Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden says they held off the dedication until now because of COVID last summer.
The Cupido Wildlife Management Area features 955 acres and is just a portion of nearly 6,000 acres of public land that offers excellent prairie chicken, turkey, pheasant and deer hunting as well bird watching and hiking opportunities. This specific wildlife management area is pretty unique as it offers a few hundred acres of completely untilled or virgin soil. Because of how rare that it is, Baden adds that the DNR has been trying to acquire that land for decades.
The Cupido Wildlife Management Area offers excellent habitat for a number of species, but Baden says Prairie Chicken’s thrive in that area, which means excellent prairie chicken hunting opportunities as well.
The dedication ceremony for the Cupido Wildlife Management Area is this Friday, August 6th at 2pm and is hosting by the Prairie Chicken Society and the Longspur Prairie Fund.
Listen to the full interview with Rob Baden from the Kaleidoscope Program below: