The Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) Hunting Access Program (HAP) is accepting applications for the HAP program in the northern Lower Peninsula and five counties in the southern Lower Peninsula. Landowners should have at least 40 acres of land with some wildlife habitat such as forest or brush to apply.
HAP eligible counties in the northern Lower Peninsula include: Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Cheboygan, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Leelanau and Presque Isle. If you live in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency or Oscoda TB region, there are additional incentives for enrollment.
The five eligible HAP counties in the southern Lower Peninsula include: Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo and Mecosta.
Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) encourages county Farm Bureau members to consider participation in HAP, which is in line with the organization’s policy that supports programs and methods that help control problem species.
“Hunting is the primary tool for managing a healthy wildlife population,” said MFB Legislative Counsel Andrew Vermeesch. “The Hunter Access Program provides landowners with multiple incentives in return for allowing public hunting access on private land resulting in a win-win for both the landowners and hunters while targeting management goals in a specific area. In other words, this program a great example of a partnership between the State of Michigan, landowners and hunters to address wildlife challenges whether its limiting disease transmission or addressing issues caused by overpopulation.”
Call 517-284-4741 today to learn what you could earn on your land. Enrollment remains open through September 30.
Some benefits to the landowner include:
“You can help improve wildlife population management, support the local economy, reduce wildlife conflicts, and get paid to do it,” said the program’s coordinator, Monique Ferris.
There are no extra costs for hunters to use HAP lands, but they are responsible for reviewing information for the land they plan to hunt (available online), checking in at the property before each day of hunting, and respecting the landowners’ private property.
For more information on enrollment and who to contact, visit Michigan.gov/hap.