Controlled hunting access program

Guidelines and Enrollment Details
  • Landowners with 1,000 or more acres receive an enrollment payment of $250 flat base payment plus $6/hunter-day for each hunter day of use. In addition, landowners are eligible for bonus payments per hunter day.

  • Landowners with under 1,000 acre receive $6/hunter-day of use. In addition,landowners are eligible for bonus payment per hunter day.
Types of Bonuses
  • $2/hunter-day if there is no big game species restriction;

  • $2/hunter-day if the enrolled acreage is open to all legal big game hunting seasons and lawful methods of take for the entire season length;

  • Minimum payment of $250 and maximum payment of $12,000.

  • Immediate members of the cooperator's family are not eligible to be credited toward the hunter days used to calculate payment for the cooperator's CHAP.
Payment Made in February
  • Cooperator must be legally able (through ownership or rental agreement that includes hunting privileges) to enroll offered land in CHAP.

  • Cooperator manages hunter permission slips in two ways:
    • Self-serve sign-up boxes or on-line reservations are provided for hunters to check-in and obtain a permission slip or check in at the ranch/farm headquarters.
    • A cooperator can decide whether or not to allow advance reservations.

  • Landowner cannot exclude someone unless all available permission slips are used.

  • Region Review Teams review applications for enrollment eligibility.

  • Recreational trapping is not part of the CHAP agreement.
Hunter Use
  • Hunters are required to check in and obtain a permission slip on a first-come, first served basis before hunting. Hunters without a permission slip will be hunting without landowner permission and could be cited for trespass. When all permission slips are assigned for a particular day; no more permission slips are administered.
Hunters Must Abide by the Following
  • Observe any special rules or restrictions for the area;

  • Know property boundaries and not trespass on to adjacent property;

  • Travel by foot only unless otherwise posted;

  • Do not litter.