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. The growing complex is comprised of restored prairie wetland complexes, upland habitat and a forest component.
In 2009, Minnesota Pheasants Inc. – Blue Earth County Chapter purchased the 45.96 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. Before & after image below.
Image below is the NE corner of the “Ogren” tract after restoration.
Image below – “Anderson” tract.
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 47.3 acre parcel, known as the “Anderson” tract will receive extensive restoration. The new parcel will be transferred to the MN DNR in the near future and 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., $3,750.00 from Minnesota Deer Hunters Association & $3,750.00 from Minnesota Deer Hunters Association – Bend of the River Chapter.
In 2018, Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. – Blue Earth County Chapter acquired the 6.64 acre Furland tract for a total cost of $15,320.00. This new addition was donated to the Minnesota DNR in July of 2018. The parcel will undergo limited restoration work in the near future and be added to the O.A. Vee WMA complex.
Images below are the NW corner of the “Anderson” tract & NE corner of the “Furland” tract.
The “Anderson” tract will be transferred to the MN DNR and undergo restoration. The “Furland” tract was transferred to the Minnesota DNR in 2018. With the addition of these new parcels, the O.A. Vee Memorial WMA complex unit size will be approximately 262 acres.
Area outlined in RED below represents the original O.A. Vee WMA. The Ogren tract, outlined in YELLOW was purchased in 2009. The Anderson tract, outlined in BLUE was purchased in 2016. The Furland tract was purchased in 2018, outlined in GREEN.
The Anderson tract will soon be transferred to the MN DNR and undergo restoration.