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Tallgrass Prairie at Big Stone Wetland Management District

From the many Waterfowl Production Areas to the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Units, Big Stone Wetland Management District offers ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Hunting

    Young Visitor Hunting

    Hunters enjoy a wide variety of opportunities to hunt on waterfowl production areas in the district. The most popular game species are ring-necked pheasant, waterfowl and deer. The most common waterfowl species include Canada geese, mallards, and blue-winged teals with the fall migration bringing several other species to the district.

    Waterfowl production areas are open to hunting according to state regulations unless otherwise posted. Nontoxic shot is required for hunting on all waterfowl production areas except for deer hunting.

    For more information and specific regulations regarding hunting on the Wetland Management District please refer to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). For additional information, contact the Wetland Management District office at 320-273-2191.
     

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  • Fishing

    Boy Holding a Frog

    Waterfowl production areas are open to public fishing. Anglers must follow State regulations.

    For more information and specific regulations regarding fishing on the Wetland Management District please refer to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). For additional information, contact the Wetland Management District office at 320-273-2191.
     

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Visitors Viewing Wildlife near a Wetland

    The public may use waterfowl production areas to observe and photograph wildlife. All activity is self-guided. The public should take precaution during hunting season and wear blaze orange. Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant, especially during the spring and fall migration where up to 17 species of waterfowl and more than 23 species of shorebirds can be seen. Look for waterfowl species such as mallards, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, and Canada geese. Common shorebird species encountered are killdeer, yellowlegs, and sandpipers. Visitors also have the chance to see birds of prey like bald eagles, red-tailed hawk, and kestrel. During the spring and summer months many species of birds will breed and nest on the waterfowl production areas.
     

  • Interpretation

    Young Visitors Learning about Wetlands

    The public may use waterfowl production areas for self-guided hikes. The public should take precaution during hunting season and wear blaze orange.
     

  • Environmental Education

    Girl Enjoying some Finger Painting

    School groups may use waterfowl production areas for self-guided environmental education activities and field trips. Schools should note there is a hunting season and, for safety purposes, limit their visits during this time.

    A primary objective of the Wetland Management District is to provide an optimal environmental educational experience to all interested audiences. The environmental education opportunities that Big Stone Wetland Management District has to offer depend on available resources and staffing. With advance notice, educational programs are available to organized groups throughout the year. Staff led field trips integrate science, local and natural history, and physical education in these activities which are adaptable to students of all grade levels. Educational materials are available for loan. Please contact the Wetland Management District office at 320-273-2191 for more information.
     

  • Photography

    Purple Coneflower

    The public may use waterfowl production areas to observe and photograph wildlife. All activity is self-guided. The public should take precaution during hunting season and wear blaze orange.
     

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014
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