Fall Turkey Hunt Applications Available

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today reminded turkey hunters the period to apply for a 2004 Michigan fall turkey hunting license is July 1 through Aug. 1.

A total of 40,800 licenses are available through a lottery for the 2004 fall turkey hunting season. Last fall, hunters spent 79,163 days pursuing turkeys and harvested about 5,000 birds.

“Wild turkey hunting in the fall enables wildlife managers to stabilize or reduce wild turkey numbers in certain areas of the state to meet local goals based on habitat conditions and public attitudes,” said Al Stewart, DNR Upland Game Bird Specialist.

Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any of more than 1,700 authorized license dealers statewide, DNR customer service kiosks, DNR Operation Service Centers, and online. The cost to apply for a fall turkey hunting license is $4. This nonrefundable application fee must be paid at the time of application and does not include the cost of the license. When applying online at the DNR's e-license system, hunters may use MasterCard and Visa to charge their purchase, and applications can be purchased through e-license 24 hours a day during the application period.

All applicants, except those who applied online, are mailed a postcard by Aug. 26. Drawing results will be posted Aug. 23 on the DNR web site. 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. 13 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Any licenses that remain as of Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. (EDT) will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter, including individuals who did not apply for a fall wild turkey license. These licenses will be sold until the quota is met.

If hunters encounter problems with their fall wild turkey application, purchasing a license, or if they have not received a notification card, or located their name online by Aug. 26, 2004, they can obtain assistance by calling (517) 373-3904 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.