Michigan Turkey Apps Due Feb. 1

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds turkey hunters that this year's spring wild turkey application period ends Feb. 1. Hunters may apply now at any authorized license agent and at DNR Operation Service Centers throughout Michigan. Hunters also may apply online using the E-License system at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The 2008 spring wild turkey hunting season will run from April 21-May 31 and will last from 7 to 41 days, depending on the hunt unit.

A total of 113,890 licenses will be made available through a lottery during the hunter-limited hunt periods. This license total includes 48,890 general licenses and 65,000 private land licenses.

During the application process, it is important that hunters verify their customer ID (Michigan Driver License, DNR Sportcard or state of Michigan ID card) numbers. An incorrect customer ID number will cause individuals to become ineligible for a license.

Hunters may use the DNR E-License system to apply or purchase a license online 24 hours a day during the application period. Applicants may check drawing results online beginning March 3.

If limited quota licenses are still available after the drawing, the remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to unsuccessful applicants in the license lottery beginning March 10 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Hunt No. 234 also is available to all unsuccessful applicants. On March 17 at 10 a.m. (EDT), any limited quota licenses that remain will be available for purchase over the counter by individuals who did not apply for a spring turkey license. A person may obtain or purchase only one spring wild turkey hunting license.

"Hunters looking for the greatest hunting flexibility should consider Hunt No. 234, which includes all open areas, except public lands, in Unit ZZ (southern Michigan)," said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist.

Hunt No. 234 season dates are May 5-31. A Hunt No. 234 license may be purchased online or from license agents during the application period. Individuals who select this option will not be charged the $4 application fee. Hunters also may select this hunt as a second choice on their application.

"The current hunting regulations are established to maximize hunting opportunity while maintaining high-quality hunting experiences. We are able to expand hunting opportunities based on the success of Michigan's wild turkey restoration and management program," Stewart said.

There are approximately 48,183 square miles open to spring turkey hunting in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas for 2008.