Leftover Wild Turkey Licenses Available

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Leftover 2003 Minnesota spring wild turkey licenses will go on sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17. Wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the landowner and regular lottery drawings are being offered to unsuccessful applicants at Electronic Licensing System agents. All hunters successful in the lottery should have received their notification by now.

A total of 3,088 permits remain from the 25,016 initially offered, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-sold basis at any ELS license agent until all are sold.

In addition to ELS point-of-sale agents, the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us will have a link to the ELS-Internet License Agent that will begin providing access to the surplus spring wild turkey licenses at 5 p.m. on March 17. Due to anticipated high volumes and the surplus turkey license being a complicated transaction, Internet access problems could occur during the first hour. Surplus turkey licenses will not be available through the ELS telephone agents.

Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before getting a leftover permit. The spring turkey hunt consists of eight consecutive five-day seasons from mid-April through late May. Most of the remaining permits are for the later seasons. A total of 44 of the 53 open wild turkey permit areas have some permits available.

Only applicants who were unsuccessful in the spring 2003 turkey hunt lottery may obtain these licenses. A person who obtains a leftover permit does not lose any existing preference for future lottery drawings. There is no additional application fee, but hunters obtaining leftover permits must pay the regular turkey hunting license and stamp fees. All license sales are final; there will be no refunds.

People may check where leftover licenses are available or the status of their lottery applications on the Internet at www.dnr.state.mn.us. On the DNR’s home page, click on “Outdoor Activities and Places,” click on “Hunting” and then click on the wild turkey photograph.