If you’re a Michigan landowner, the DNR is looking for people like you who are interested in allowing hunting on their property.
Especially if you live in the northern Lower Peninsula, the DNR is very interested in finding out if you’d like to allow hunting on your land through the Hunting Access Program. According to the Detroit Free Press, the program “pays landowners up to $25 an acre annual for participating in the program.”
It’s designed to give hunters more opportunities in southern Michigan, the northern Lower Peninsula, and the eastern Upper Peninsula due to a shortage of public land available for hunting. The program is also great for providing an economic boost.
Hunters that took trips to the private lands “contribute $1.7 million annually to Michigan’s economy” and “the majority of the HAP hunter trips are within 25 miles of the hunter’s home,” according to Monique Ferris, program coordinator.
If you have land in the following counties and are willing to participate in the Hunter Access Program, reach out to the Michigan DNR. You have the ability to choose with kind of hunting is allowed on your land from youth and small game only to elk only. The counties are as follows: Alcona, Antrim, Arenac, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Montgomery, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Ostego, Presque Isle, and Wexford.
If you’re interested, contact the Michigan DNR for more information.