Little Traverse Conservancy

Hunting

is made possible by Conservancy members

Hunting Rules

Permission to hunt a Little Traverse Conservancy parcel is obtained by completing the form below

The Little Traverse Conservancy’s mission is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of northern Michigan by preserving significant land and scenic areas and fostering appreciation and understanding of the environment. Our service area includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Emmet, Cheboygan, and Charlevoix counties.

Will you join us?

While becoming a member of the Little Traverse Conservancy is not required to hunt on Conservancy lands, you may find it hard not to join as a hunter. Why?

  • LTC opens more than 70 properties to hunters.
  • The Conservancy has protected more than 60,000 acres of northern Michigan land.
  • All land is not open for hunting, but all protected areas provide habitat for animals and help keep populations healthy.
  • Starting in 2018, LTC became an active partner in the Independence Hunt, making hunting possible for our wounded warriors.
  • Membership starts at $1. Your donation can help make all of this possible.

Once this form is submitted, an automated permission form will be created and sent to your email address. Please check your email and spam folder for the permission form. You must carry a copy of the signed form with you while hunting (this can include a digital copy on your phone).

Please observe these rules while hunting on a nature preserve. Some properties below are designated Working Forest Reserves, which are often enrolled in Michigan’s Commercial Forest Act program (CFA Program). For these, you are not required to get permission to hunt, but we ask that you complete the permission form as a courtesy for LTC records.

The following rules apply to all lands owned by the Little Traverse Conservancy where hunting is allowed:

  1. Hunters must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local hunting laws.
  2. Hunters must comply with general LTC rules. Camping, dumping, fires, and trimming or removal of vegetation is not allowed. Motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and ORVs, are not permitted. Please park and walk-in.
  3. No baiting.
  4. Please remain a safe distance from residential areas that are adjacent to LTC lands.
  5. On lands that have active crop fields, please do not hunt in the fields themselves. However, retrieval of your game from the fields is permitted.
  6. No permanent blinds.
  7. Temporary ground blinds and tree stands are permitted under the following conditions:
    1. No nails, screws, pegs, or any other device that penetrates a tree’s bark can be used to construct blinds or access to tree stands.
    2. Hunters may construct temporary ground blinds only from dead natural materials. The use of such materials may not impact the preserve’s conservation values, and the blind must be dismantled at the end of the season. No plywood, lumber, tarps, or other such materials may be used.
    3. Any tree stand used on Conservancy land must be portable and have the owner’s name and address on it.
    4. Blinds, both ground and tree stand, can be in place no sooner than one week before the beginning of the season for which they will be used, and must be removed at the end of the season.
  8. State law requires that all dogs must be on a leash while visiting preserves unless the dog is in an active hunt or is a guide/working dog.
  9. Trapping is not allowed unless the property is enrolled in the Commercial Forest Act program (CFA Program).

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