Michigan Leftover Turkey Tags on Sale March 15th

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The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that leftover spring turkey licenses go on sale to unsuccessful license applicants on Monday, March 8, at 10 a.m. Licenses will go on sale to all hunters, including those who did not participate in the application process, on March 15 at 10 a.m.

Applicants can check for license drawing results at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Successful applicants will not be notified by postcards.

"There are a large number of licenses available for many areas of the state," said Al Stewart, the DNRE's turkey specialist. "The greatest flexibility for hunters is in the Upper Peninsula, where all open areas are included in one hunt unit and licenses are good for the entire April 19 - May 31 season. But there are more than 46,000 licenses available that allow hunters to pursue turkeys on private land anywhere in southern Michigan from April 19 - May 2, the first two weeks of the season, too."

There are 56,344 total leftover licenses available.

Licenses are available at all state license vendors or can be purchased online at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Hunters may purchase one license.

In 2009, Michigan hunters harvested about 40,000 turkeys, making Michigan one of the top 10 turkey hunting states in the country. Hunter satisfaction remains high, Stewart noted.