Wild Turkey Leftover Licenses Available March 15

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Applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2004 Minnesota spring wild turkey lottery have another opportunity to secure a license. Leftover wild turkey hunting licenses, which remained after landowner and regular lottery drawings were held, will be offered to unsuccessful applicants at 1,800 Electronic Licensing System (ELS) agents on Monday, March 15. All hunters successful in the lottery should have received their notification by now.

A total of 3,146 permits remain from the 27,600 initially offered, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-sold basis at any ELS point-of-sale license agent beginning at 5 p.m. on March 15, until all are sold.

In addition, the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us will have a link to the ELS Internet License Agent that will provide access to the surplus spring wild turkey licenses at 5 p.m. on March 15. Due to anticipated high volumes and the surplus turkey license being a complicated transaction, Internet access problems could occur during the first hour.

Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before getting a leftover permit. The spring turkey hunt consists of eight consecutive seasons from mid-April through late May. Most of the remaining permits are for the later seasons.

Only applicants who were unsuccessful in the spring 2004 turkey hunt lottery may obtain these licenses. A person who obtains a leftover permit does not lose any existing preference for future lottery drawings. There is no additional application fee, but hunters obtaining leftover permits must pay the regular turkey hunting license and stamp fees. All license sales are final; there will be no refunds.

People may check where leftover licenses are available or the status of their lottery applications on the Internet at www.dnr.state.mn.us. On the DNR's home page, click on "Outdoor Activities and Places," click on "Hunting," and then click on the wild turkey photograph.