Spring Turkey Season Applications Available

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For the second consecutive year a record number of licenses are proposed for North Dakota's spring wild turkey hunting season, according to Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Game and fish is recommending 6,165 wild turkey licenses be available, an increase of 750 from last year. Twenty-four of the 29 units have increases over 2004. "Turkeys continue to do well in most of the state, and license numbers reflect this trend," Kreil said. "However, certain areas in the southwest are an exception."

Five units in southwestern North Dakota have fewer licenses available than last year. "Poor reproductive success has led to a significant population decline in the southwest," Kreil said, "which in turn has led to lower hunter success."

Hunters can apply on-line or download and print an application. Applicants who apply online and provide an email address will receive an email from the department with results once the drawing has been held.

Lottery and gratis applications are available at game and fish offices, county auditor offices and license vendors. Persons can also apply by calling 800-406-6409. A $4 service charge is added with this feature.

Applications for the spring season must be postmarked no later than Feb. 16. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply. The spring turkey season is proposed to run from April 9 through May 15.