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Michigan may pay for allowing hunters on your property next month

Owners of at least 40 acres of land, at least five acres of which is wildlife habitat, in Alpena County may get paid to allow hunters onto their property next month as part of the state’s efforts to combat bovine tuberculosis.

Hunters would be on the property during the late antlerless firearm hunt Jan. 2 to 5 and 9 to 12, according to a news release from the state. The state is looking specifically for property south of M-32.

Open enrollment for the Hunting Access Program happens from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center, 1900 M-32 W.

Contact Michigan Department of Natural Resources HAP Coordinator Monique Ferris at Ferrism5@michigan.gov or 517-284-4741 with any questions.