The Manitoba Wildlife Act provides for the designation of Crown lands as wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) for the "better management, conservation and enhancement of the wildlife resource of the province."
The first WMA, named after Watson P. Davidson, was established in southeastern Manitoba in 1961. Since the n, the system has grown to encompass almost 2 million hectares (5 million acres) of valuable wildlife habitat throughout the province.
Wildlife Management Areas exist for the benefit of wildlife and for the enjoyment of people. They play an important role in biodiversity conservation and provide for a variety of wildlife-related forms of recreation, including birding and wildlife watching. Hunting and trapping are generally permitted in WMA's, but these activities may be prohibited or restricted in a few areas. The use of vehicles, off-road vehicles, watercraft, power boats, or airboats, may be restricted in some areas. WMA's are open year round and have no entrance fees, but each site has its own set of restrictions in place to protect the integrity of the area.
Consult the annual Manitoba Hunting Guide or contact the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office to see which restrictions, if any, may apply to the area you intend to visit. Certain activities may require a WMA Use Permit, and applications for these permits are available on this web site.
Click here to see the interactive Wildlife Management Area Map, which includes detailed descriptions of each WMA and a list of game species that are known to occur there.