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The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy works hard to balance property use and access with the protection of natural features, unique habitats, and scenic beauty. Our preserves are designed to handle less intense activities than lands managed by state and local units of government across northern Michigan with the preservation of the land and its natural features as our priority.

Permitted and Prohibited Activities

Each preserve is best suited for certain activities indicated by icons for each preserve. Please refer to the recommended activities icons for an appropriate and enjoyable user experience.

Hunting is allowed on designated preserves in accordance with state and federal regulations. We recommend all visitors wear blaze orange clothing during the fall deer hunting season (October-December). Scroll down for a list of hunting regulations specific to each preserve.

We also welcome educational and recreational use of the preserves and ask our guests to be mindful they are visiting the homes of the plants and animals whose lives depend on the land’s protection and health. If you would like to lead a group hike on one of our preserves, please contact us to make sure that the date is open and there are no conflicting uses on the site.

If you choose to bring a dog to a preserve, it must be kept on a leash at all times.

Please refrain from: camping, fires, dumping, littering, removing vegetation, using off-road vehicles, and snowmobiling. Please read our Mobility Device Use Policy for the Overlook Trail at Arcadia Dunes.

Please contact the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy at 231-929-7911 if you notice a maintenance need or witness an inappropriate activity taking place on a preserve.

Hunting Considerations, Rules and Regulations

Please respect all forms of wildlife, your fellow sportsmen, and others that visit and enjoy the Conservancy’s preserves.  These preserves are multi-use areas open to the public on a year-round basis for such activities as hiking, nature study, bird watching, and cross-country skiing.  Please keep this in mind at all times when hunting the Conservancy’s preserves.

The GTRLC has rules specific to each preserve for hunting and trapping (scroll down to the preserve list for more details). Beyond those rules set forth by the GTRLC, the rules, regulations and seasons established by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources broadly apply.  All persons hunting, fishing or trapping on GTRLC properties are liable to prosecution for noncompliance to the rules and regulations stated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. MDNR Conservation Officers are requested by the GTRLC to patrol its Preserves. Michigan Conservation Officers are fully commissioned Peace Officers and are empowered to arrest for all violations of Michigan’s laws. The CO’s primary duties are enforcement of natural resource and environmental protection laws. MDNR rules and regulations can be found at: www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Rules Applicable to GTRLC Preserves where Hunting is Allowed:

  • Hunters are responsible to know all rules that are specific to the preserve they are hunting upon.  Some preserves have restricted hunting.
  • The Conservancy reserves the right to deny or revoke hunting permission at its sole discretion.
  • Unless otherwise noted below (Preserve Specific “Permitted Seasons”), rules regulating hunting on Conservancy Preserves open to hunting are the same as those set forth by the MDNR.
  • Permanent deer blinds, tree stands, or duck blinds are prohibited on all Conservancy Preserves.  Screw-in steps and other devices that penetrate the bark of a tree are prohibited.  Portable stands must be labeled with the owner’s name and address such that it is easily visible from below at ground level.  Stands can not be installed prior to September 1 and must be remove by the day following the close of the last deer season in the area.  The Conservancy has no responsibility for tree stands, blinds or other items placed on Conservancy property.
  • The cutting of shooting lanes, or cutting or destruction of brush, trees or other plants for any purpose is prohibited.
  • The release of live animals on Conservancy preserves is prohibited.
  • Hunting within 450 feet of any occupied building, or within 100 feet of any maintained parking area or recreational structure is prohibited. Trails are NOT closed during hunting season. Due to the meandering nature of these trails, please familiarize yourself with their location before hunting. 
  • Motorized vehicles, camping, and open or contained fires are prohibited on Conservancy Preserves.
  • Parking is only allowed on designated parking areas and within the right of way of a maintained road such that no vegetation is harmed.
  • There is no charge or fee for hunting on a Conservancy Preserve that is open to hunting.

Preserve List:

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The list below includes GTRLC properties that allow hunting. For various reasons, hunting is not allowed at the South & Fox Islands Preserve, Golden-Days Loon Preserve, North Skegemog Preserve, Palastra-Holm Preserve, Elisabeth Parr Preserve/Nana’s Woods, Reffitt Nature Preserve or the Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Preserve.
  • The list only includes GTRLC-owned preserves. Hunting in accordance with state regulations is allowed at most properties GTRLC protected on behalf of local municipalities. If you are looking for hunting information on a property not shown on the list below, find it using the map or list views on the Preserves & Trails page. In many cases, you may have to call the municipality that owns the natural area or preserve for up-to-date rules and regulations.
  • Trapping is not allowed on any GTRLC-owned preserve other than Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve. See the information below or the Arcadia Dunes page for more details.
  • When waterfowl hunting on GTRLC-owned preserves, GTRLC prohibits targeting of coots, common moorhens/gallinules and rail species.

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

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Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.
  • Trapping in accordance with state regulations is allowed only in the light green portion of the hunting map.

Arcadia Marsh

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting (no hunting Rails, Gallinules/Common Moorhens or Coots).

Bauer Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Brinkman Bog Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; bow only.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting

Cosner Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and Turkey hunting.

Edwards Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Fruithaven Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.

Halladay-Blackhurst-Chowning Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Medenbrook Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Misty Acres Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game and turkey hunting.

Mitchell Creek Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; bow only.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Papoose Lake Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Pyatt Lake Lake Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; bow hunting only.

South Branch Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

St. Clair-Six Mile Lakes Natural Area

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.
  • PLEASE NOTE that hunting rights are deed restricted in the striped area shown on this map. Permitted hunting areas are not delineated on the ground with signs, so please review and familiarize yourself with the map well as the boundaries and safety zones around occupied structures prior to hunting. Hunters may want to call to verify they are hunting in a permitted area. For more information, contact Steve Lagerquist at (231) 929-7911.

Trapp Farm Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; bow, shotgun and muzzle loading only.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting permitted.

Limited/Shoreline Access Preserves:

Betsie Dunes Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Kewadin Wetlands Natural Area (24 acres)

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.

Sagaser Nature Preserve

Permitted Seasons:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting.