Michigan landowners who allow hunting on their property can now get paid for it with the Hunting Access Program.
Michigan’s Hunting Access Program is an initiative that’s designed to provide more hunting opportunities in areas of the state where access to such opportunities are limited.
According to a report by WLNS, the initiative can now be expanded thanks to a $1.2 million federal grant
The Hunting Access Program provides financial incentives to Michigan landowners, especially in southern Michigan and in eastern portions of the Upper Peninsula, who give hunters access to their properties. Properties must be at least 40 acres in size, and payments increase with the types of hunting allowed and with the quality of habitat.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, about 135 properties totaling over 15,000 acres are currently enrolled in the program.
While much of the grant’s funds will be used to spread the initiative, some will be also be used to improve the habitat on around 600 of the enrolled acres through improving grasslands and controlling invasive species.