O. A. Vee Memorial Wildlife Management Area
O A Vee Memorial Wildlife Management Area is located 6 miles West of Mankato and 1 mile South of the “Junction” of US Highway 169 and 60 and west approximately 1/2 mile on 204th Street. The WMA was originally established in 1981.
In 2009, Minnesota Pheasants Inc. – Blue Earth County Chapter purchased the 45 acre “Ogren” tract adjacent to the existing O A Vee WMA.
In 2010, Minnesota Pheasants Inc. – Blue Earth County Chapter completed the transfer of the new addition to the MN DNR. The acquisition cost of this addition was $165,000 with funds from Minnesota Pheasants, Inc.- Blue Earth County Chapter and MN DNR RIM Match. This WMA now consist of approximately 208 acres.
In 2010, the Blue Earth County Chapter received a Heritage Enhancement TS Grant for restoration work on the new addition.
In 2011, the chapter performed a prescribed burn on portions of the new addition and subsequently planted the balance with native grass and forbs vital for nesting and brood rearing habitat for upland birds.
In 2016, Minnesota Pheasants, Inc.- Blue Earth County Chapter & Minnesota Deer Hunters – Bend of the River Chapter partnered to acquire an additional parcel on the north side of the growing complex. This parcel, known as the “Anderson” tract will receive extensive restoration. The new parcel will be added to the existing Wildlife Management Area. Cost of the addition was $85,940.00. Funds consist of $78,440.00 from Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. and $3,750.00 from Minnesota Deer Hunters Association & $3,750.00 from Minnesota Deer Hunters Association – Bend of the River Chapter.
In 2017, Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. – Blue Earth County Chapter entered an agreement to acquired another small parcel to the west of the 2016 acquisition. This new additional will be restored and added to the O.A Vee complex.
and area outlined in BLUE was purchased in 2016. The newly acquired area has not yet been
added to the OA VEE complex.