Michigan Turkey Tags Available Through Feb 1

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The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for spring turkey hunting licenses are on sale through Feb 1. Hunters may apply at any authorized license dealer or online using the state's E-License system at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The 2009 season runs from April 20 through May 31 with hunts lasting from seven to 42 days, depending on the hunt unit. A total of 113,890 licenses are available, including 48,890 general licenses and 65,000 private-land licenses.

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

Hunters may purchase a license for Hunt No. 234, which runs May 4-31, so they do not have to pay the $4 fee to enter the lottery for restricted licenses. Hunters who do apply for a limited hunt are responsible for verifying their customer ID (Michigan Driver's License) numbers. Incorrect ID numbers disqualify applicants from the lottery.

Applicants can check if they were specifically drawn for a license beginning Monday, March 2, at www.michigan.gov/dnrdrawings.

"The current regulations were established to maximize hunting opportunity while maintaining high-quality experiences and allowing turkey populations to expand," Stewart said. "There are now 48,138 square miles of Michigan open to spring turkey hunting."