The SWCD's John Lembcke. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman

Landowners can still apply to have their CRP grounds or permanent easements open to public hunting. John Lembcke of Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District in Morris told the KMRS Community Connection that the program has been funded for another three years, thanks to the passing of the new farm bill.

“In the past, it’s paid $10 to $13 per acre, so it helps pay some taxes of some of your land,” said Lembcke. “And it’s nice to get some more public hunting ground out there.”

Lembcke said there needs to be a 40 acre minimum of grassland. If not, the property needs to be in contact with other crop land or easement that’s eligible.

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