Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

walk-in access Program

Find a property | Get an authorization number | About the program | Responsibilities | Payments | Landowner application

Landowner, DWR and sportsmen responsibilities

Landowner involvement

The landowner's primary responsibilities in this program are:

  • To grant public access for fishing, hunting or trapping for the property enrolled.
  • To designate areas for parking and kiosk placement.
  • To decide, with Division representatives, how to properly post the property.
  • To decide on the time period for public access.
  • To determine the type of contact with the general public from the following options:
  1. Requiring those accessing the property to register at the kiosk before entering
  2. Require all public to personally contact the landowner before entering

Division involvement

The Division's involvement in this program is:

  • To assist with the application process and ensure prompt payment
  • To evaluate property for suitability
  • To provide signs required for the property
  • To work with landowner to properly post the property
  • Manage a walk-in access Authorization program for sportsmen registration
  • To provide kiosks with information and registration boxes
  • To install registration boxes for sportsmen to use to sign in and out
  • To provide conservation officer patrols
  • To verify property ownership information
  • To provide maps of the WIA area

Sportsmen's involvement

Anyone 14 years of age or older must register for a walk-in access authorization number.

The sportsmen's primary responsibilities in this program are:

  • To respect the property and landowner!
  • To sign in and out at all registration sites
  • To provide comments and participate in annual survey programs reporting their experience and the value of the program
  • To obtain maps of properties and stay within those boundaries
  • To follow specific property regulations

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