Hunting on Preserves

The Conservancy allows hunting on some of its preserves. We do so for several reasons. Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Northern Michigan, and many of the lands we now preserve were family or traditional hunting lands. We also allow hunting to help control the over-abundant deer population, which has negatively affected many of the natural areas we protect. Allowing hunting on some of our preserves will help us manage deer-browse in woodlands,  and limit the pressure on these special places that a high deer population can cause. Please also note that during legal hunting seasons, between September 15 and May 15, preserves remain open to all other recreation as well as hunting. It is important for all users to respect one another and the lands open for such use. 

Download the Hunting Permit below and email your completed application to Heather: heather@walloon.org.

View Huntable Preserves Map

Download Hunting Permit Application

Hunting by individuals on our preserves is done on a permit basis. Each individual must register with the Conservancy, and receive a permit signed by Conservancy staff. Below are the preserves currently open for legal hunting seasons open from September 15 – December 31 and January 1 – May 15 of each year. Hunting on any preserve after May 15th and before September 15th is expressly prohibited.

  • Woodland Partners Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Resort Township, Section 1
  • Terrell, Millikan, Moore Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Resort Township, Section 1
  • Randall Furgeson Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Resort Township, Section 36
  • Schoof’s Creek Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Resort Township, Section 25
  • Ellis Woods Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County, Evangeline Township, Section 3
  • Wildwood Harbor Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County, Evangeline Township, Section 3
  • Bauerle Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County, Bay Township, Section 28
  • Hargreaves/Matthews Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County, Melrose Township, Section 19
  • Frog Hollow Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County, Melrose Township, Section 19
  • Fields Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Resort Township, Section 25
  • Cedar Valley Preserve, Charlevoix County, Melrose Township, Section 19

Bowhunting Only Preserves

  1. North Shore Nature Preserve, Charlevoix County, Melrose Township, Section 8
  2. Keller Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Resort Township, Section 27