is made possible by Conservancy members.

Will you join us?

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

  • LTC opens over 70 properties to hunters
  • Nearly 60,000 acres of northern Michigan land have been protected by the Conservancy
  • All land is not open for hunting, but all protected areas provide habitat for animals and help to 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.

Hunting Rules

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

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.

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 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 the bark of a tree can be used for the construction of blinds or for access to tree stands.
    2. Hunters may construct temporary ground blinds only from dead natural materials provided the use of such materials does not impact the conservation values of the preserve and that the blind will 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, may be in place no sooner than one week prior to 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.
  9. No trapping unless property is enrolled in the commercial forest program (CFA Program).

Please help us keep our lands in good condition. Contact the Conservancy office at 231.347.0991 if you notice any inappropriate activity on a property or if trails, parking areas, or signs need attention. Trails require a good deal of management and maintenance. We appreciate the assistance of the many individuals who help monitor and provide stewardship for our properties and trails. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating in the Conservancy’s volunteer program.

Where to hunt by county

Aish ke bug, Andrew & Mary Nature Preserve
48 acres, Charlevoix Twp, Sec. 24

Carpenter Family Nature Preserve
30 acres, Boyne Valley Township, Sec. 02
No restrictions

Charlevoix 1 Working Forest Reserve
40 acres, Hayes Twp, Sec. 23
CFA Program

Charlevoix 2 Working Forest Reserve
88 acres, Wilson Twp, Sec. 15
CFA Program

Charlevoix 3 Working Forest Reserve
88 acres, Hudson Twp, Sec. 14
CFA Program

Conn’s Cove Addition
144 acres,  Peaine Twp, Sec. 11
No restrictions

Darnton Family Nature Preserve
205 acres, Wilson Twp, Sections 8 & 9
No restrictions

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
No restrictions

Horton Creek 20 acres, Hayes Twp, Section 24
bow only

Horton Creek Wetlands Nature Preserve
34 acres, Hayes Twp, Section 24
No restrictions<