Fall Turkey Season Set

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Fall turkey regulations have been set and applications are available for the 2004 season, according to Carrie Whitney, licensing supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

A total of 10,980 wild turkey licenses are available for the fall hunting season, an increase of 1,885 from last year, reports Randy Kreil, wildlife chief. "Turkeys continue to do well in most parts of the state and license numbers for the 2004 season reflect this trend," Kreil said.

The exception is in Grant County, Kreil mentioned, where the number of licenses available has been reduced because hunting success has declined and landowners are reporting seeing significantly fewer turkeys.

The fall wild turkey season opens Saturday, Oct. 9 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005. The intent of continuing the season into mid-January, according to Kreil, is to increase turkey harvest, and to pressure birds away from stored livestock feed supplies later into the winter in an effort to reduce depredation problems.

Prospective hunters are encouraged to apply at the game and fish internet web site at discovernd.com/gnf. The web site also contains application forms that can be printed and mailed. Regular license fees apply and no service charge is added.

Lottery applications are available from game and fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. Gratis applications are available only at game and fish and county auditors' offices.

Applications are also accepted at the department's toll-free licensing line, 1-800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.

Applications for the fall season must be postmarked no later than July 7. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.