Spring Turkey Season Set

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North Dakota ’s wild turkey population continues to do well in much of the state, allowing the state Game and Fish Department to make available a record number of licenses for the spring hunting season, according to Stan Kohn, upland game bird biologist.

A total of 6,425 wild turkey licenses are available, an increase of 260 from last year. Nine units have more licenses available than last year, while only one unit has fewer.

This marks the third consecutive year the Game and Fish Department has set a record number of licenses for the spring season, Kohn said, due to a strong statewide population. “The only exception this year is in Dunn County,” Kohn said, “and licenses reflect this.”

Hunters can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the department website, gf.nd.gov. Anyone who applies online and provides 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. 15. Only North Dakota re sidents are eligible to apply. The spring turkey season runs from April 8 through May 14.