Fall Turkey Season Set
Fall turkey regulations have been set and applications are available for the 2005 hunting season.
A total of 9,230 wild turkey licenses are available for the fall hunting season, a decrease of 1,750 from last year, reports Randy Kreil, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief. " Turkey numbers have declined in many parts of the state due to increased hunting pressure and lower than average reproductive rates," Kreil said. "Landowners and Game and Fish Department field staff are reporting significantly fewer turkeys."
The fall wild turkey season opens Saturday, Oct. 8 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006. The intent of continuing the season into mid-January, according to Kreil, is to increase pressure on turkeys as they move into farmsteads where they can cause damage to stored livestock feed supplies.
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 auditor offices.
Applications are also accepted at the department's toll-free licensing line, 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 6. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery. The state legislature recently passed a law that will allow nonresidents to apply for fall turkey licenses if there are licenses remaining following the first lottery.