Michigan's Hunting Access Program (HAP) was originally created in 1977 to increase public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan where 97 percent of the land base is privately owned. It has now expanded to include the Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Peninsulas. HAP is now one of the oldest dedicated private lands public access programs in the nation.
HAP provides access to quality private hunting lands close to urban centers and in agricultural areas. Availability of hunting lands close to home is critical for attracting new and retaining current hunters and supporting Michigan’s strong hunting tradition.
HAP provides financial incentives to private landowners in most counties within the lower peninsula of Michigan and a portion of the eastern upper peninsula who allow hunters access to their lands. Using funds from a new USDA/VPA-HIP federal grant, the DNR plans to significantly expand the number of acres and properties available within the HAP program.