Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

Waterfowl hunters have a tremendous variety of public hunting spots in western Minnesota within the 244 waterfowl production areas (WPAs) of the Morris WMD. Covering an eight-county area, these WPAs include 50,000 acres, most of which are open to public hunting. A variety of puddle duck species-including mallard, wigeon and blue-winged teal-are common during the waterfowl season. Many WPAs also offer excellent hunting for deer and pheasant. The Loen WPA in Swift County offers the best bet for deer hunting, while the Lundgren WPA in Chippewa County is considered to be exceptional for pheasant. These WPAs draw many nonresident hunters; in fact, visitors (most of them hunters) are estimated to contribute more than $7 million to the local economy each year.