Laws and Regulations

Welcome to your wetland management districts. District lands are open every day for you to discover new places to hunt, fish, take pictures, watch wildlife, pick wild edibles (for personal use), trap, hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and canoe. 

To report a wildlife violation, call 1-844-397-8477.

Hunting, fishing and trapping seasons generally follow state seasons and regulations. Please consult the district manager at 218-847-4431 if you have questions. We may post additional site-specific regulations.

To ensure your safety and protect wildlife and habitat, please be aware of these regulations:


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.Permits are required for many activities on waterfowl production areas. You may obtain a permit by calling the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District office at 218-847-4431.