Wisconsin offers public land online mapping tools

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages the public to hunt on public land this hunting season.

With millions of acres of public land available across the state, finding the perfect spot is easy using the DNR’s array of online public land mapping tools. Hunters can find new lands to explore, read up on regulations and season dates, and begin to plan their next hunting adventure from the comfort of home using the DNR’s Public Access Lands webpage.

The DNR reminds anyone hunting on public lands to be respectful of other recreators and DNR staff who may be actively managing the properties during hunting seasons. Check out the following DNR online public land mapping tools for your next hunt:

–Hunt Wild mobile app. This mobile application has everything hunters need to find new public lands to explore, brush up on the regulations or locate a CWD sampling station.

–Fields and Forest Lands Interactive Game Bird Hunting Tool, or FFLIGHT. Hunters can use this tool to locate young aspen and alder habitat, woodcock and ruffed grouse hunting areas, pheasant-stocked public hunting grounds and public-access dove fields.

–Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentive Program, or VPA-HIP, interactive map. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the VPA-HIP map provides landowners with financial incentives to open their properties year-round to public hunting access. Hunters should read the guidelines for accessing VPA properties.

— Map of lands enrolled in Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law. This map is especially useful for scouting locations in the central and northern forests.

— Public Access Lands Atlas. The atlas includes all DNR properties and nearly all federal and county-owned lands. Hunters should contact landowners beforehand to verify hunting is allowed.

For more information on public lands in Wisconsin, visit the DNR’s Public Access Lands webpage.


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