Hunting Access Program Rules

Please see the Michigan Hunting Digest for more information about program rules.

HAP properties are lands for which private landowners have agreed to allow public access. Hunters utilizing HAP properties are guests of the landowner. All hunters are responsible to know and understand the rules of the program and of the property they are hunting as well as state and federal regulations. Please respect landowners and observe the following rules:

  • Before hunting, verify hunting seasons, hunt type(s), maximum number of hunters allowed, and hunt dates
  • Only species listed under "hunt types" may be harvested at each HAP land
  • Hunting is the ONLY activity allowed on HAP lands
  • Do not trespass onto adjacent properties
  • Hunters must follow all individual landowner rules as described in the registration folder
  • Every individual hunter (whether hunting or scouting) must register before hunting. See property list above for maximum number of hunters allowed
  • Up to two licensed adults may accompany each youth or apprentice hunter
  • Private-land hunting rules apply to HAP lands
  • Hunters are only allowed to hunt during seasons listed for each land
    • Lands are closed outside the open hunt type(s)
  • Driving on HAP lands/use of ORVs is prohibited without landowner permission
  • Do not block drives or lanes, park in designated areas
  • Hunting in or damaging standing crops is prohibited
  • Use of permanent blinds, tree stands, or nails/screws in trees is prohibited

Steps for hunting HAP lands

  1. All enrolled properties are listed in the link above
  2. Register at headquarters each time before hunting by providing name, complete mailing address, species hunted, and time spent hunting (starting and ending times). Individuals accompanying hunter, but who themselves will not be hunting, should not register. Confirm the maximum number of hunters allowed is not surpassed by reviewing previous hunter registrations each day.
    1. Self-service box: Located near headquarters sign; contains folder with registrations forms and property information. Please do not contact the landowner.
    2. Mandatory check-in: Register directly with the landowner.