June 10, 2021
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Hunting Access Program is enrolling private property in portions of the southern and northeastern Lower Peninsula, as well as the eastern Upper Peninsula.
To enroll, landowners should have at least 40 acres of land with some wildlife habitat (forest, brush, grassland and/or wetland).
Priority for enrollment will be given to lands near urban and suburban areas with limited public access. Enrollment also will focus on:
The Hunting Access Program is one of the nation's longest-running dedicated private-land, public-access programs. Since 1977, HAP has provided private landowners another option to earn income from their land for allowing controlled hunting access.
Benefits to landowners include:
Most counties have local conservation district staff available to assist with enrollment and help landowners learn what they could earn for their land. Enrollment will remain open through Sept. 1.
There are no extra costs for hunters to use HAP lands, but they are responsible for reviewing rules for each property they plan to hunt (available online), checking in at the property before each day of hunting and respecting the landowners' property.