Program:  Hunting access program

Appropriation:

All from Special Revenue Funds:

$162,000

 

Total:

$162,000[17]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the Hunting Access Program.  This program leases private lands throughout southern Michigan for public hunting.  For the upcoming fiscal year, the state has leased property from 119 landowners in 30 counties.[18]

Recommended Action:

This program should be eliminated.  It is another example of something private individuals can handle without government funding or interference.  Every year, thousands of Michigan hunters reach mutually beneficial agreements with private landowners with regard to hunting on the landowners’ property.  Savings:  $162,000.