Hunting is a valuable tool for helping
to manage wildlife, particularly the state's deer herd, which can cause
significant crop damage and pose disease threats to livestock.
seasons for deer and other wildlife provide an opportunity for farmers and
sportsmen to develop lease arrangements for hunting privileges on privately
owned land. Yet, many landowners are reluctant to allow hunters on their land
due to liability concerns.
It's important to know that Part 733 of the
state Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act provides
landowners with limited liability protection whether people entering the
property have permission or not, and whether the landowner charges fees or not.
In an effort to make
hunting lease arrangements less troubling for landowners, Michigan Farm Bureau
has created a sample hunting lease agreement. The form sets forth guidelines for
landowners and hunters so that both parties can enter a lease arrangement with
The intent of the sample hunting lease agreement is to
serve only as a guide. The parties should consult an attorney to draft a more
detailed lease or to modify the suggested lease agreement.
sample hunting lease agreement and follow the recommended instructions below.