The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale now through August 1, 2009. A total of 59,050 licenses are available through a lottery for the units open to hunting-12,350 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land only. Twelve wild turkey management units totaling 34,976 square miles are open to fall turkey hunting during the October 5 to November 14 season, including most of southern Michigan, five counties in the northern Lower Peninsula, and the entire wild turkey management area in the Upper Peninsula.
Regulations are virtually identical to last year. “We are in the third year of a three-year period of stabilized regulations that were developed by working with turkey-hunting groups,” explained Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. “After this season, we intend to fully evaluate the regulations and make changes where appropriate.”
Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any authorized license dealer, at DNR Operations Service Centers, or online at www.michigan.gov/dnr using the E-License system. The application fee is $4.
Drawing results will be posted online beginning Aug. 17. If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license in person at any license dealer on a first-come, first-served basis for a one-week period beginning Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. Any licenses that remain as of Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter. The licenses will be sold until the quotas are met.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.