Walk-In Area

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Mark Norton

Email: Mark.Norton@state.sd.us

Phone: 605-773-3096

Program details

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.

Planning and Evaluation

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes

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This program is evaluated: Yes

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Metrics used to measure success and evaluate this program:
  • Number of acres
  • Number of participants (landowners)
  • Number of participants (hunters)
  • Formal after-season evaluations
  • Multi-year evaluations of participant hunters
  • Informal qualitative evaluations based on participant landowner feedback
  • Informal qualitative evaluations based on participant hunter feedback
  • Formal qualitative evaluations based on participant hunter feedback
  • Hunter surveys
  • Landowner surveys
  • Geographic distribution of areas
How effective is the program at meeting your objectives?: Very effective
Would you recommend other agencies/organizations use this model?: Yes
Program Size

Minimum Property Size: 80 acres

Acres Enrolled: 1,244,647.0

Access Sites (rights of way) Established: Yes

Number of Hunters Participating: 38% of resident hunters & 31% of nonresident hunters

Number of Landowners Participating: 1,100


Cost Type: Annual cost

Program cost: $2.2 million