DNR wildlife to hold second open house for proposed Gull River WMA

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a second informational open house to discuss the proposed Gull River wildlife management area (WMA) near Pillager. The open house will be held Saturday, March 21st from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sylvan Town Hall located at 12956 24th Avenue SW, Pillager, Minn.

The proposed Gull River WMA would encompass up to five tracts of habitat, including wetlands and uplands along and near the Crow Wing and Gull rivers. The majority of the proposed WMA would exist through a no-fee lease agreement between Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE Inc., and the DNR.

All lands being considered for WMA designation are currently open to the public. The purpose of the WMA designation is to enhance those lands and waters that have a high potential for wildlife production, public hunting, trapping, fishing and other compatible uses. The WMA would be open to non-motorized access, wild rice harvest, hunting and trapping. Permanent deer stands would not be permitted. ATV use would not be permitted on the WMA – except when permitted on existing roads.

Minnesota Power and DNR staff will be on hand to explain the proposed WMA and answer questions from the public.  The meeting will start with a short presentation followed by a question and answer period and time for open house format discussion.

Any questions related to the proposed Gull River WMA can be directed to Christine Reisz at 218-429-3053, or christine.reisz@state.mn.us.