Limited archery hunting planned to open in portions of Wadena in 2023

The hunting will be open in select private or public areas of the city to limited numbers of hunters. Read and follow the ordinance well prior to embarking on a hunt.

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Archery hunting is set to open in portions of the city of Wadena in 2023.
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WADENA — Archery hunters of deer, turkey and bear may soon have an opportunity to hunt within the city limits of Wadena.

The plan comes forth after much discussion among the Wadena Planning Commission and was brought before the Wadena City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 15, for a first reading as an ordinance.

The ordinance allows for archery target practice or hunting in both private and municipally owned property in certain areas of the city that include agriculture, commercial and residential lots. It also includes language that these areas could be amended from time to time.

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The archery hunt map includes areas surrounding the epicenter of the city as well as an area east of the golf course and an area near the Wadena County landfill.
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This is not a free pass to start shooting your bow willy nilly. Most of the properties that are expected to allow this are on the outskirts of the city, in undeveloped properties, not in any densely populated areas.

The ordinance further defines that in public spaces there are limited numbers of hunters allowed in a season, such as one to two hunters allowed. Those hunters for public spaces must apply and be entered into a drawing to be selected. This method was modeled after the Minnesota DNR practices for archery hunts in state parks.


Plautz said that being drawn for an area would mean you are eligible to hunt that for the entire season. Applications to apply are planned to be at both the city office and police department. The drawing will take place at the police department with a random drawer.

Archery Hunt City of Wadena by Michael Johnson on Scribd

There are no restrictions on the number of hunters allowed on private property, however, the city council agreed that the police department is still to be notified by those that will be participating for public safety concerns.

Plautz said she wanted to keep the ordinance simple so as not to be confusing for those involved.

One of the keys is that this is only allowed in about a dozen properties around the city. Knowing those properties and communicating with those property owners is paramount in this activity going smoothly. You can get a map of the locations from the city of Wadena. Some of the public areas include areas near the Wadena County landfill and northeast of Sunnybrook Park.

Further regulations are laid out about the types of tree stands and their use within the ordinance.

Archery hunter Bryan Savaloja was present for the discussion and noted that in order to make this an enjoyable experience for a hunter, limiting the amount of hunters was important. Plautz indicated that archery hunting could include turkey, deer and bear.

Because some of the seasons overlap, Savaloja advocated that if they get drawn for the hunt that they be given ownership to hunt that property for all species for the entire season to avoid competition and frustrations with other hunters.

Council members heard this discussion as the first reading of the ordinance. The second reading is to happen Tuesday, Dec. 13, and to be in effect following adoption and publication in the official newspaper.


In other actions:

  • The board approved Dean Kallevig's resignation from the Wadena Planning Commission and Mayor George Deiss thanked Kallevig for his time of service.
  • Approved the 2023 fee schedule, effective January 2023. Notable increases for the schedule include a rise in the Whitetail Run Golf Course single, three year membership to $900. An increase of $400. All golf course fees saw an increase.
  • Concerning conversation related to Greenwood Avenue assessments, the council approved the following:
    Parcels with structures or hookups:
  • 100% assessment following adoption
    Parcels platted
  • 100% assessment following adoption
    Parcels with bare land
  • 10 year deferral, or upon change of any form of ownership, whichever comes first.

City Administrator Kim Schroeder recommended five years deferral, as the city does have to pay off the bond, she said. Council members approved 10 years as a way to meet between five and 15 years. Fifteen years was the deferral for assessments in southeast Wadena, but that project involved more infrastructure benefiting the residents directly in that area of the city.This is a change from the council's original standing where they indicated that they did not plan to assess property owners at all, except for Tri-County Health Care as they were the reason that this project came to be. Based on new information that arose, the state requires that if an improvement is made, an assessment must be given, Utility Superintendent David Evans said.
Along this new utility line, the city added stubs that allow residents along this avenue to at some point hook up to city sewer and water.
The hospital is picking up a majority of these costs. At least one property owner has connected to these new utilities.

Michael Johnson is the news editor for Agweek. He lives in the city of Verndale, Minn., but is bent on making it as country as he can until he returns once more to the farm living he enjoys. Also living the dream are his two children and wife.
You can reach Michael at or 218-640-2312.
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