Little Traverse Conservancy
is made possible by Conservancy members
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:
- Hunters must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local hunting laws.
- 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.
- No baiting.
- Please remain a safe distance from residential areas that are adjacent to LTC lands.
- 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.
- No permanent blinds.
- Temporary ground blinds and tree stands are permitted under the following conditions:
- 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.
- 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.
- Any tree stand used on Conservancy land must be portable and have the owner’s name and address on it.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trapping is not allowed unless the property is enrolled in the Commercial Forest Act program (CFA Program).
Where to hunt by county
Aish ke bug, Andrew & Mary Nature Preserve
48 acres, Charlevoix Twp, Sec. 24
Barney’s Lake Nature Preserve
300 acres, Peaine Twp, Sec. 05
Open to Waterfowl Only
Carpenter Family Nature Preserve
30 acres, Boyne Valley Township, Sec. 02
Charlevoix 1 Working Forest Reserve
40 acres, Hayes Twp, Sec. 23
Charlevoix 2 Working Forest Reserve
88 acres, Wilson Twp, Sec. 15
Charlevoix 3 Working Forest Reserve
88 acres, Hudson Twp, Sec. 14
Conn’s Cove Addition
144 acres, Peaine Twp, Sec. 11
Darnton Family Nature Preserve
205 acres, Wilson Twp, Sections 8 & 9
Peter P. Faskey Nature Preserve
28 acres; Boyne Valley Twp, Section 28
bow, shotgun, and muzzle loader only
Franklin J. Helle Memorial Nature Preserve
11 acres, Melrose Twp, Section 4
Elizabeth B. Hoffmann Nature Preserve
138 acres, Norwood Twp, Section 18
Horton Creek 20 acres, Hayes Twp, Section 24
Horton Creek Wetlands Nature Preserve
34 acres, Hayes Twp, Section 24
John and Barbara Hazelworth
Light, George & Marion
22 acres, Norwood Twp, Section 35
Litzenburger, Gow West
20 acres, Springvale Twp, Section 06
Marchio, Joseph & Ingeborg Nature Preserve
40 acres; South Arm Twp, Section 17
Martin, Sarah A
106 acres, Peaine Twp, Section 17
Marvin Memorial Nature Preserve
132 acres, Wilson Twp, Sections 34 & 35
Nathan Beem Memorial
104 Acres, South Arm Twp, Section 30
Nick Adams Nature Preserve
40 acres, Bay Twp, Section 31
North Branch Boyne River & Big Cedar Nature Preserves
60 acres, Boyne Valley Twp, Section 13
Rufus Teesdale Nature Preserve
10 acres, Bay Twp, Section 6
Schulz Working Forest Reserve
40 acres, Hayes Twp, Section 25
Sleepy Hollow Nature Preserve
55 acres, Eveline Twp, Section 28
Susan Creek Nature Preserve
172 acres, Hayes Twp, Sections 8,9, and 17
Part of section 9 is closed to hunting East of Susan Creek stream please see interactive map.
Taylor Horton Creek
147 acres, Hayes Twp. Sections 25 & 36″
Three Bears Mountain
160 acres, Boyne Valley Twp, Section 12