O. A. Vee Memorial Wildlife Management Area
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, 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 & “Furland” tract will be transferred to the MN DNR and undergo restoration. Once these parcels are added to the O.A. Vee WMA, total 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 be transferred to the DNR and undergo restoration.