The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the application period for limited-license spring turkey hunting permits is now open and will close February 1.
From January 1 to February 1, hunters may apply for one limited-quota license for a specific spring turkey hunt unit and season dates. Application fee is $5.
Applicants selected in the drawing may then purchase a limited-quota license online or at a license agent. After the drawing, any leftover licenses will be sold until quotas are met. It is unlawful to obtain or purchase more than one spring turkey hunting license. Depending on how many hunters apply, leftover licenses may or may not be available for some hunt units and/or dates
The 2016 spring turkey season runs April 18 through May 31, with several different hunt periods to choose from. The Spring Turkey Digest explains regulations, season dates and hunt units.
“If you are looking to hunt one of the limited-license turkey hunts, make sure to apply now,” says DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart. “If you’re looking for broader statewide options in your hunt, you may want to wait and purchase Hunt 234.”
The DNR says Hunt 234 is a great, flexible option for hunters who may want to hunt in many different places and who want more than seven days to find those turkeys. Hunt 234 licenses go on sale over the counter, with no application required, March 15. Hunt 234 offers the most days to hunt, as it is valid from May 2-31 and is open statewide except on public land in southern Michigan.
“In Michigan, spring turkey season is a big deal,” said Stewart. “We’re ranked seventh in the nation for turkey harvest, harvesting over 30,000 turkeys while providing a variety of quality hunting options.”
Beginning March 1, applicants can check whether they were drawn for a license at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.
A base license is required for every resident and non-resident who hunts in Michigan. Hunters may purchase a spring turkey license only after they have obtained a base license for the year. The 2016 base license is available beginning March 1 and is not required to apply. The base license is also a small game license.
For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
(Top Photo: Pat and Josh McKenna harvest a spring gobbler in Gladwin County. Courtesy of Michigan DNR)