The Department launched the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) in 2015 to increase outdoor recreational opportunities in Missouri. MDC provides annual incentive payments to private landowners who are willing to open their land for public access recreational activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.
The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) pays landowners to allow public hunting, fishing or wildlife viewing on their property. The program also provides incentives to landowners to improve habitat on their property.
You must offer at least 40 contiguous acres, with a minimum amount of the offer providing quality wildlife habitat.
Land offered for fishing access is not subject to the 40-acre requirement.
MRAP offers six public access options:
- All Access (hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing)
- Small Game and Turkey (allows hunting of turkey and certain small game species only)
- Youth Only (allows youth hunting and fishing only)
- Archery (allows hunting by archery methods only)
- Wildlife Viewing (allows hiking and wildlife viewing and photography)
- Fishing (only allows fishing on enrolled water bodies)
You can have different access options on different tracts, but only one type of access per tract.
You can commit to participation for one, three or five years.
You will receive annual incentive payments each year that you participate in the program. The amount of this payment will be determined by the factors listed below:
- Access type you select
- Amount of quality wildlife habitat present on the land
- Your committed participation length
- Proximity of your land to major metropolitan areas or other priority geographies
- Planned habitat improvements
When you enroll in the program, you are offered liability protection from Missouri's Recreational Use Immunity Law.
Some activities are prohibited by public users on your property:
- No motorized vehicles (including ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles) are allowed. Foot traffic only.
- No trapping is allowed.
- No parking is allowed on the property.
- No target shooting, camping, horseback-riding, bicycling, fireworks, dog-training, fires, swimming or alcohol is allowed.
If you see these activities on your property, please call your local conservation agent.
You may continue most farming and land management operations provided that any areas designated as quality wildlife habitat aren’t negatively impacted or destroyed.
Contact your local Private Lands Conservationist to learn more about this opportunity, or submit a completed MRAP Application Form by July 15, 2016.
Information for Hunters, Anglers and Wildlife Viewers
MRAP lands are privately owned properties for which the landowner has agreed to allow walk-in public access. All MRAP areas are open for public access from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. All area users are responsible to know and understand the rules of the program. Members of the public are guests of the landowner. Respect for the landowner and the property is vital. Appropriate conduct is expected and will help ensure a good experience for everyone. All rules and regulations enforced by MDC apply while using MRAP lands.
Recreational Activities Permitted
Participating landowners select the type of public access/activities they want to allow on their property. There are six access types available:
- All Access Hunting and Fishing—Public users may pursue both game and fish under statewide regulations throughout all legal seasons. Access will be provided for a 12 month period.
- Small Game and Turkey Hunting—Public users may pursue designated small game species under statewide regulations throughout all legal seasons. Species which may be pursued include turkey, rabbits, squirrels, quail, pheasant, rails, snipe, doves, woodcock and waterfowl. Access will be provided during the legal seasons of these species.
- Youth Hunting and Fishing—Youths (under the age of 16 years) may pursue both game and fish under statewide regulations throughout all legal seasons. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. Access will be provided for a 12 month period.
- Archery Hunting—Public users may pursue all species eligible for take with archery methods. Access will be provided from September 15 through February 15.
- Wildlife Viewing—Public users may hike, photograph, and experience the quiet enjoyment of nature. All hunting and fishing activities are prohibited. Access will be provided for a 12 month period.
- Fishing Only—Public users may fish under statewide regulations. Access will be restricted to areas within 100 feet of designated fishing waters, except for access routes from parking or between water bodies.
- Respect the rights of the landowners when using the area. Treat the land as if it were your own and act responsibly. MRAP landowner agreements are only one year in length. Hunter behavior will decide the future enrollment of these areas.
- All MRAP areas are walk-in only. No motorized vehicles, horses or bicycles are allowed on the property.
- Public access is only for the activities described previously under "Recreational Activities Permitted". All other activities such as target shooting, camping, horseback riding, dog training, swimming and fireworks are prohibited.
- All public users should register at the designated access point shown on the property map. Users should fill out the top portion of the registration card prior to entering the area and deposit it in the card box. The bottom portion must be kept on-person while on the area and must be completed and deposited in the card box prior to leaving the area.
- Parking will be along roadsides unless otherwise designated on property map.
- Do not block drives, farm lanes or property access points.
- No trapping is permitted on MRAP properties.
- Stay on the MRAP property. Do not walk or hunt on adjacent properties.
- Allow a safe buffer around livestock and buildings.
- Do not open gates and avoid damaging fences.
- No Littering: Take all your trash with you when you leave the area (including spent shells and cartridges). Make an effort to pick up any trash left by others.
- Do not damage any standing crops.
- Only temporary blinds and stands allowed. Nails and screw-in steps are prohibited.
- No drugs or alcohol allowed.
- Obey all Missouri hunting and fishing regulations.