Michigan Landowner Program


Published: May - 1999

Continuing subscribers know we are very high on state-supported landowner programs that encourage landowners to manage their lands for big game and then open them to hunters. Over the months, we have covered such programs in a number of states, including California, New Mexico and Wyoming. Now, word has reached us of such a program in the Midwestern state of Michigan. It's not a huge, well-developed program, mind you, but it may be of interest to some hunters in adjoining states who have the wherewithal to travel to Michigan and do their own pre-season scouting. Correspondent Bob Gooch discovered the program for us and has this to say about it: "The Michigan landowner program is called Hunter Access to Private Lands Program (HAP), and it offers hunters access to approximately 35,000 acres of private farmlands in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula. Some of the farms are small, less than 100 acres, but many are over 500 acres and have good populations of corn-fed deer. In all, about 200 farms in 35 Michigan counties are enrolled in the program.

Hunters seeking more information should write or call the Wildlife Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources to request a copy of the latest edition of a brochure called `Public Hunting on Private Lands'. The brochure describes the program and lists the landowners by county with their addresses, the township and section number in which the land is located, the type of wildlife habitat featured, available game and the number of hunting permits issued per day on each property. An accompanying map shows the locations of the counties in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources does not provide the telephone numbers of the owners, but with the name and address an out-of-state hunter can call information and get the number. The lands are identified by Hunting Access Program signs. The habitat is described as cropland (CC), farmland wildlife (FA), forest wildlife (FW) and wetland wildlife (WW). All offer deer hunting. The croplands are primarily beans and corn which can produce some good corn-fattened deer.

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Facilitators: Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Northwestern Region; Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Saginaw Bay Region; Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, South Central Region; Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Southeastern Region; Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Southwestern Region; Michigan United Conservation Clubs;

  


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