Land Of 10000 Lakes
The first thing you notice when you step out into the 19-degree air at 6:15 a.m. on is the stars -- what appears to be millions and millions of bright stars. But then you quickly are reminded of the task at hand, as you hear the sound of a 25-horsepower outboard motor pushing a 16-foot-long Fisher boat toward the landing at one of Minnesota's 11,842 lakes larger than 10 acres. No, Minnesota's motto of "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" isn't an exaggeration.
In photo 1, Minnesota's 1,300 WMAs are wetlands, uplands, or woods owned and managed for wildlife by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunting is open to the public during regular seasons.