Applications Due August 1st
State Department of Natural Resources officials today reminded deer and turkey hunters of several upcoming important dates.
Fall turkey hunting: Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply for a 2003 fall turkey hunting license. Application guides are available at 1,700 authorized license dealers statewide, customer service kiosks, and at DNR Operations Service Centers. Hunters also may apply online.
This year, 14 wild turkey management units are open for fall turkey hunting during the Oct. 6 through Nov. 9 fall season. This year’s lottery will provide 34,950 licenses as part of the DNR’s goal to stabilize or reduce wild turkey numbers in certain areas of the state to meet local goals based on habitat conditions and public attitudes.
During the fall season, hunters may take a bird of either sex. Last fall, hunters harvested 5,450 birds. The non-refundable $4 application fee does not include the cost of the license. All applicants, except those who applied online, will be mailed a postcard with their drawing results by Aug. 22. Those individuals using the E-License system to apply will not be notified by mail and can check results online.
Drawing results will be posted on Aug. 20. 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 Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. Any licenses remaining as of Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. will be available for purchase over-the-counter by individuals who did not apply for a fall wild turkey license. These licenses will be sold until the quota is met. Hunters with questions should call (517) 373-3904 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Public land antlerless deer license applications: Aug. 1 is the last day to apply for a license to hunt antlerless deer on public lands during the 2003 deer hunting season. Hunters will be able to view the drawing results online starting Sept. 9.
Private land antlerless deer licenses: Starting Aug. 2, hunters may purchase licenses to hunt antlerless deer on private lands during the 2003 deer hunting season. There is no minimum acreage requirement, and hunters no longer need to present a tax ID number to purchase a private land antlerless license. Private land antlerless hunters may purchase one license per day until the Deer Management Unit quota is filled. There is no limit to the number of private land antlerless licenses an individual hunter may purchase.
Deer hunters may apply online, at customer service kiosks, or at any authorized license agent. Hunters age 12-16 years must appear in person with a parent or guardian to purchase a public or private land antlerless deer hunting license. For more information see the 2003 Michigan Antlerless Deer Hunting Guide.