Does Minnesota have a hard copy Hunting Atlas that shows all the public hunting areas like South Dakota does? I can't find it on the DNR web site.
I will share that the DNR compass has (well at least in the past) been really, really slow in updating. It often took a year or more for new and added land to show up. I would contact the DNR and they would send me separate info.
Not sure if the new areas are marked faster now or not. I have not felt the need to branch out lately.
I have spoke to the DNR guys at Pheasant Fest and they acknowledged the issue, but did not have a great explanation.
That has always been my assumption as well.A new acquisition doesn't show up in the Rec Compass until the WMA has been designated by a Commissioner's Designation Order. Until that point, the land may be owned by the state and open to hunting, etc., but technically it's not a WMA. Typically those orders are only issued once or twice a year, not on a rolling basis. Add to that the long, drawn-out process for real estate transactions, and a parcel can take 2-3 years from the time a partner buys it (such as PF or DU) and when it actually shows up in a public mapping resource. Occasionally there are other issues, but that explains 90% of the lag.