Access Programs

Profiles of hunter access programs. Click on the program name for more information. To narrow results, select fields at right and click "apply," or use the advanced search

Landowner Relations Program

The Landowner Relations Program has primary responsibility within the Department for working with the state's private landowners. The program has grown significantly in recent years offering new alternatives and larger projects to all the cooperators. The focus on offering more to our partners requires capitalizing on outside funding sources that have allowed the LRP to more than quadruple the budget of the program. The current program effectively implements more than $2 million annually toward...

More Places to Hunt

More Places to Hunt is an NWTF program designed to help provide more hunting opportunities on public and private property. The NWTF already has spent $9.4 million and helped obtain more than 413,000 acres of land for hunters since 1987. This program builds upon our chapter’s success, and allows the NWTF to coordinate with partners to accomplish even more. Through this program the NWTF works with our chapters, state widlife agencies, federal land management agencies, and other private...

Access and Habitat Program

The Access and Habitat (A&H) Program’s motto, "Landowners & Hunters Together for Wildlife," conveys the program’s basic mission to foster partnerships between landowners and hunters for the benefit of the wildlife they both value. The program also seeks to recognize and encourage the important contributions made by landowners to the state’s wildlife resources — stewardship that affects about 42 percent of Oregon’s land base. The A&H Program provides grants to private...

Private Land Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS)

Private Land Initiative (PLI) – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s mission is to protect, conserve, and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for sustained public use. The Private Land Initiative is the Department’s overall mechanism for applying this mission onto the private landscape of North Dakota.
The PLI has three main goals:
1) Conservation of habitats for fish and wildlife populations. 2) Provide landowners interested in...

Walk-In Access

What is the Walk-in Access program? Managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), the Walk-in Access program pays private landowners to allow public access to their properties. Traveling on foot, hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers can enter and use the land without obtaining special permission or paying a separate fee. This partnership between the state and private landowners helps maintain important wildlife habitat on private lands and improves public access for...

Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit

Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMUs, are hunt areas consisting of mostly private lands that have been authorized for the specific purpose of cooperatively managing big game animals with private landowners. CWMUs, list specific hunt dates that can be found on our website at these dates have been selected to allow the public a fair opportunity to harvest an animal on private lands. Most CWMU’s will provide a map of their CWMU showing access and...

Conservation Reserve Program--Management Access Program

This program leases all hunting rights from a participating landowner. All tracts have at least a base of CRP, WRP or other similar conservation program. The program also seeks to make periodic improvements to the land through increases in early successional habitat. There are currently about 180,000 acres enrolled throughout the state.

Open Fields and Waters

This program is tailored to the needs of emerging and lapsed hunters. Read more on our website.

Passing Along the Heritage -- PATH

This is a youth hunting access program. Access is limited to youth and non-hunting mentors. Sites are very restricted and permission is granted via the internet for an individual day of hunting. Nebraska's Hunting by Written Permission Only law allows for the on-line permission slip.

Private Lands Access Program

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reaches agreements with private landowners to allow the public access to their property. These agreements are typically for hunting, although can also include other outdoor recreation such as fishing. While the majority of lands currently in the program are farming and ranching lands, industrial timberlands are also made available through the program. Four main types of landowner agreements are used, including: * Feel Free To Hunt: lands are...

Walk-In Area

The Walk-In Area program leases the hunting rights on private land with a primary goal to provide the best possible free public hunting access to high quality game habitat with the available budget. It is delivered statewide by 44 local widlife conservation officers and one private lands resource biologist.

Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program

“Na Ala Hele” is the State of Hawaii Trail and Access Program. Established in 1988 in response to public concern about the loss of public access to certain trails and the threat to historic trails from development pressure. Na Ala Hele has become increasingly engaged in trail management and regulatory issues due to both public and commercial recreational activities and emerging legal issues. Administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife -...

Controlled Hunting Access Program (CHAP)

CHAP provides free public access to private land. Landowners control the number of hunters that access their land. Landowners are paid based on the number of hunters that use their land.

CDOW Small Game Walk-In Access Program

Colorado's Small Game Walk-In Access (WIA) Program is based on a simple concept – allow landowners an easy and beneficial opportunity to allow public hunting access, while offering the hunters convenient access to thousands of acres of privately owned land. Since Program inception, hundreds of landowners have offered land for enrollment and hunters have been given access to excellent hunting opportunities across the state.

The WIA program’s strength is the...

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

This program is designed to give women the opportunity to try outdoor recreation activities they have an interest in and achieve greater competency in activities they may have experienced in the past. The BOW Workshops have been very effective at increasing the interest, knowledge, skills and confidence of women wishing to become more active in the outdoors. These are major objectives for the program.
As a result of attending this program new and previous hunters and anglers renewed or...

SC Reel Kids

This is a free goal-based fishing program for kids under the age of 16. Kids fish, learn and earn free prizes. Each SC Reel Kids recieves a subscription to the SC Reel Kids newsletter and learns that fishing and being outdoors are great ways to have fun. Whether fishing in a pond, lake, stream, river, or ocean, a SC Reel Kids participant is probably going to see wildlife!
A SC Reel Kid will do more than just go fishing! They will work toward goals like catching their first fish, learning...

SC Reel Art

As a component of the SC Reel Kids program, the Reel Art program is an art competition for kids in kindergarten to 12th grade. Kids learn about fish and their habitats while creating their fun, creative fish art.
Contest is open to South Carolina students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in public, private, or home school. Students must submit original works of art that have not been copied from published photographs or other works of art. Students may use any type of medium to create...

Fishing Rodeos

The ultimate opportunity to get your kids out to try the sport of fishing. Fishing Rodeos are held all over the state to provide kids a chance to enjoy the outdoors, catch their first fish and get hooked on the sport of fishing.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

Whether you are a first-time angler who wants to learn, or an age old pro looking to catch dinner, you can check out fishing equipment from one of several South Carolina Fishing Tackle Loaner Program Sites.
At an official FTLP site, you can borrow a rod, reel and tackle box . . . everything but the fish! FTLP sites also have helpful hints on topics such as tying knots, rigging a line, what bait to use, and other information you need to know to be prepared for your first fishing trip. A day...

Camp Wildwood

Camp Wildwood is a cooperative effort conducted by the SCDNR with support from the Garden Clubs of SC. It was initiated in 1954 and has been held annually for 2 weeks each summer. Approximately 3,000 young people have participated in this opportunity since 1988.
Campers at Camp Wildwood discover that they are part of nature and their actions in some way affect the natural balance. The professional staff and counselors pass on knowledge and appreciation for the protection and wise use of...

Project WILD

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade. Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas. Project WILD educational materials are provided to educators through practical, interactive workshops.
The MISSION of...

Natural Resource School

Natural Resource Schools: Education's Better Outdoors is an innovative partnership between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and South Carolina Department of Education.

The project was conceived through multiple meetings between South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Jim Rex, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Director, John Frampton.

The concept is to integrate fish, wildlife, natural resources, outdoor skills and conservation...