Michigan's Hunting Access Program (HAP) was created in 1977 to increase public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan where 97 percent of the land base is privately owned. This program 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 now provides financial incentives to 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 federal grant, the DNR plans to significantly expand the number of acres and properties available within the HAP program.