Turkey license applications available

Published 8:03 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the spring turkey hunting application period is now open.

“If you are looking to hunt one of the limited-license turkey hunts, make sure to apply now,” DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart said. “If you’re looking for broader statewide options in your hunt, you may want to wait and purchase Hunt 234.”

The 2016 spring turkey season runs April 18 through May 31, with several different hunt periods to choose from. The Spring Turkey Digest explains regulations, season dates and hunt units.

Hunt 234 licenses go on sale over the counter, with no application required, March 15. Hunt 234 offers the most days to hunt, as it is valid from May 2-31 and is open statewide except on public land in southern Michigan.

Through Feb. 1, a $5 spring turkey application may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. Hunters may purchase only one spring turkey hunting license.

Beginning March 1, applicants can check whether they were drawn for a license at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Any leftover licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each hunt unit and hunt period.

A base license is required for every resident and nonresident who hunts in Michigan.