Recreational Use Permits
Recreational use permits are designed to provide revenue to landowners in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system. Fees collected from these permits supplement the private landowners, keeping their lands open to public hunting.
Except for hunting, permit holders and their spouses or dependent children may participate in other activities on designated WMAs. Most recreational use areas are closed to recreational access except during periods open to hunting and a week before each hunting season. Only permit holders and one dependent child (under age 16) may hunt. If spouses or more than one dependent child (under age 16) wish to hunt, they must purchase a recreational use permit.
Recreational use permits include a $26.50 management area permit in the purchase price. That permit is required in addition to other license and permit requirements when hunting public lands.
Once permits are issued, they can be renewed annually for two additional years. Permit renewals are available to eligible applicants in mid-April. Eligible applicants have until May 15 to renew the permit for the next season. Permits not renewed by that date are forfeited and available to the public in subsequent phases.