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Michigan's Hunting Access Program was created in 1977 to increase public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan, where 97 percent of the land is privately owned. It expanded to include the NE Lower & E Upper Peninsulas. HAP is one of the oldest private lands public access programs in the nation
HAP provides access to quality private hunting lands focusing on agricultural regions and disease management areas. Providing more hunting opportunities is critical for attracting new and retaining current hunters and supporting Michigan’s strong hunting tradition.
HAP provides financial incentives to private landowners who allow hunters access to their lands. Using funds from a USDA/VPA-HIP federal grant, the DNR has significantly expanded the number of acres and properties available within the HAP program.
Please see the Michigan Hunting Digest for more information about program rules.
HAP lands are privately owned lands for which the landowners have agreed to allow public access. All hunters are responsible for knowing and understanding the rules of the program, as well as the rules of each property and state and federal regulations. Please treat these privately owned lands with respect and observe the following:
MiHUNT shows approximate boundaries of lands open to public hunting, including public hunting land and private land open to the public for hunting. It contains up-to-date information to help you plan your next hunting trip, including ground cover types, nearby recreational facilities, trails, and more. The video tutorials are beneficial in understanding how to use the MiHUNT application.