hunting access programs

Walk-in Area Program (WIA)

Works to maintain South Dakota’s rich hunting heritage by providing public hunting access to privately owned lands that contain valuable wildlife habitat. The landowner opens the land to free public hunting, (foot-traffic only) in exchange for a small payment and immunity from non-negligent liability. Landowners with land enrolled in permanent habitat conservation programs like CRP can receive an additional upfront bonus payment by opening it to public hunting for multiple years.

Controlled Hunting Access Program (CHAP)

CHAP is a cooperative effort between private landowners and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. Landowners who enroll in CHAP have more control over hunter activities on their land; including controlling the amount of hunter use at a given time, setting special provisions for use, placing restrictions on game species and game retrieval. Mapping information and online reservations to hunt CHAP lands.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, this program is a state-sponsored Conservation Reserve Program, providing additional undisturbed habitat for wildlife and public hunting access.