How to use Hunting Access Program Properties
- Hunting Access Program (HAP) properties are open to hunting on a self-service, first come, first served basis.
- Landowner does not need to be contacted.
- All HAP properties are free for hunters to use.
- Mailboxes marked with a metal reflective HAP sign are designated as headquarters.
- Each mailbox headquarters has a folder inside with rules, instructions, maps, and sign-in/sign-out sheets.
- Every HAP property is different. Follow the rules and instructions for species and hunters allowed on the property (properties are limited to the number of hunters, type of hunters, and game species allowed to be hunted). All this information is in the HAP mailbox at headquarters properties.
- All hunters must sign-in before accessing the property and sign-out when leaving the property.
- Many HAP mailboxes cover multiple properties that may or may not be adjoining. Please sign-in and indicate what property you will be hunting.
HAP property locations can be found on Michigan DNR website https://www.michigan.gov/hap/
Directions for navigating Michigan DNR website for HAP:
- Go to https://www.michigan.gov/hap/
- Click button labeled FOR HUNTERS - LIST OF HAP PROPERTIES. The HAP properties are listed alphabetically by County.
- Pay close attention to the information provided in this list. The list will help you determine if the property meets your hunting needs before you drive to the location. Also, identify the headquarter location provided in the list. This is where the mailbox is located for self-service when signing-in and out of the HAP properties.
- Hunt safe, follow the rules, be respectful, and have fun.
For more information regarding HAP contact Kurt Wolf, Farm Bill Biologist Gratiot Conservation District: Office 989-875-3900 ext 3002 or Cell 586-921-3013
Additional information regarding hunting rules and regulations can be found in the MICHIGAN 2019 HUNTING DIGEST. This is available as a PDF file on line at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/ or in hard copy at DNR field offices and sporting goods retailers where licenses are sold.
DNR Hunting Access Program (HAP)
HAP provides access to quality hunting lands close to urban properties and 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.
To view what HAP land is available to hunt in Gratiot County, check out this list or this interactive map from the DNR.
For more information about the Hunting Access Program, please contact:
Kurt Wolf -