State senator calls for Minnesota walk-in access program

State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, said Wednesday that
he plans to introduce legislation this session that creates walk-in
hunting access in Minnesota. He said he’ll invite sportsmen to a
series of planning sessions to determine the new program’s content.
Walk-in access programs pay private land owners to voluntarily
allow hunters access to their property.

“The time has come for a walk-in hunting access program in
Minnesota,” Chaudhary said. “Several other states across the
country have walk-in access programs and are able to take advantage
of federal matching dollars that are paid to landowners for the use
of their land.”

Walk-in access has been supported by several sportsmen groups
for years and the Minnesota DNR has studied the issue recommending
that Minnesota create a walk-in access program similar to the
program that has existed in South Dakota since 1987.

Chaudhary also noted that at the Wednesday evening Minnesota
Outdoor Heritage Alliance banquet, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson voiced
his support for a Minnesota walk-in access program, urging
Minnesota to take advantage of federal funding.

“Minnesota is currently leaving millions of federal matching
dollars off the table by not having this hunting opportunity,”
Chaudhary said. “A walk-in program has the potential to add
significant acres of opportunity for Minnesota hunters.”

Chaudhary invited anyone interested in walk-in hunting access in
Minnesota to attend the upcoming working group planning meeting on
Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 125 of the State
Capitol.

For more information, Sen. Chaudhary may be contacted at
651-296-4334, sen.satveer.chaudhary@senate.mn
or 205 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155.

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