Hunting Access Program
|About the Hunting Access Program Michigan's Hunting Access Program (HAP) was created in 1977 to increase public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan where 97 percent of the land base is privately owned. This program is now one of the oldest dedicated private lands public access programs in the nation.|
Providing access to quality hunting lands close to urban properties is a key component to offering additional hunting opportunities, as well as attracting new and retaining current hunters.
HAP provides financial incentives to landowners in southern Michigan who allow hunters access to their lands. Using funds from a new federal grant, the DNR plans to significantly expand HAP.
|The New Look Of HAP|
|Hunters may notice a new sign on HAP lands. This is because HAP has recently updated the look of its signs. The image attempts to capture the look and feel of what the HAP program strives to do: connect hunters with hunting lands through mutually beneficial agreements with farmers and private landowners.
|Expanding opportunities for southern Michigan hunters (link to News Article) |
Michigan's Hunting Access Program (HAP) - a long-time Department of Natural Resources offering that provides hunters with more places to hunt - had been slipping into oblivion in recent years, but seems to have found a new lease on life. In fact, the latest news is pretty encouraging. Link to full article...
(At left) Returning from a successful hunt on a participating mid-Michigan Hunting Access Program farm. Note the yellow "Safety Zone" sign in the background, clearly depicting the boundary of the HAP hunting area.
HAP lands are privately owned lands for which the landowners have agreed to allow public access. All hunters are responsible to know and understand the rules of the program, as well as rules of each property and state and federal regulations. Please treat these privately owned lands with respect and observe the following:
- You must follow all individual landowner rules as described in registration folder.
- Hunting is the ONLY activity allowed on HAP lands.
You must register every time you hunt on HAP lands at the farm’s headquarter or service station.
You are only allowed to hunt species listed under “Hunt Types” for each individual farm as listed in the HAP digest.
You are only allowed to hunt during seasons listed for each individual farm in HAP digest.
- Driving on HAP lands is banned unless you have landowner permission.
- Do not block drives or lanes. Park in designated area when provided by landowner.
- Use of ORVs is prohibited without landowner permission.
- Hunting in or damaging standing crops is banned.
- Use of permanent blinds, tree stands or nails/screws in trees are prohibited.
- Clean up after yourself; No littering allowed.
All rules and regulations enforced by the DNR still apply while hunting on HAP lands.
For a complete listing of HAP rules, please refer to the Michigan Hunting Access Program (HAP) Digest.