Montmorency Conservation District is YOUR Local HAP Resource
HAP Coordinator: Emily Sewell
Phone: (989) 356-3596 x111
Hunting Access Program seeks landowners in the Northern Lower Peninsula
Are you looking to make the most of your land and support local hunting traditions?
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking to expand hunting opportunities on private lands in the Northern Lower Peninsula in the following counties: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Ogemaw, Iosco, and Arenac.
The NEW Hunting Access Program (HAP) offers:
- Increased payments - between $5.00 and $20.00 per acre based on habitat quality and access limitations. (CRP, CREP, and other Farm Bill acres earn an additional $5 per acre.)
- Increased service through your county's Conservation District who will:
- Perform the habitat evaluations
- Handle landowner contracts
- Post signs
- Promote the program locally
- The Michigan DNR has compiled a complete list of HAP sites across Michigan, there are also detailed maps of almost every Michigan hunting location available. This information can be found on the Michigan DNR site listed below.
Other items of interest:
- New HAP leases are for three (3) years and run September 1 to May 31. Payments are made by DNR after hunting seasons are completed in May. (HAP does not pay for any land within the required safety zone.)
- Parcels must be 40 acres (35 acres after the safety zone has been removed) and contain a minimum of 20% grassland, wetland and/or forest habitat.
- Type of hunting allowed is determined by the landowner and affects the amount of payment per acre (i.e., the fewer types of hunting allowed by the landowner, the less the payment per acre).
- Landowners may choose from the following hunting options: All Hunting, Youth and Apprentice Only, Small Game Only, Deer Only, and Turkey Only. Youth and Apprentice hunting includes one (1) youth and up to two (2) accompanying adults. Landowners may choose more than one (1) option.
- Landowners are free from liability