Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Application

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the 2006 spring wild turkey application period will run from Jan. 1 - Feb. 1, 2006. All turkey hunters must apply for a license or purchase a Guaranteed Hunt Period license (Hunt No. 234, May 1-31) between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 to be eligible to participate in the spring turkey hunting season.

The spring turkey season will run from Apr. 17 - May 31 and will last from 7 to 31 days, depending on the hunt unit.

A total of 114,190 licenses will be made available through a lottery during the hunter-limited hunt periods. This license total includes 46,690 general licenses and 67,500 private land licenses.

Hunters again have the option of applying for Hunt Unit ZZ, which includes all private-land units in southern Michigan. Hunters who draw this license may hunt the first two weeks of the season on private land anywhere in the unit.

Hunters may apply for or purchase a turkey hunting license at any authorized license dealer, at DNR Operations Service Centers or online at www.michigan.gov/dnr using the E-License system. Those who apply must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $4, which does not include the cost of the license.

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 MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover when applying or purchasing a license online at the DNR E-License system, available 24 hours a day during the application period.

Applicants may check drawing results online beginning March 1. Applicants who did not apply online will be notified of drawing results by mail before March 7.

If 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. These individuals may purchase one leftover license in person at any license-issuing agent beginning March 8 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Hunt No. 234 also is available to all unsuccessful applicants.

“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 licenses 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 program,” said Stewart.

There are 46,305 square miles open to hunting in Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas for 2006, as compared to 45,525 in 2005.