Fall turkey hunt applications available|
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today reminded hunters that the application period for a 2003 Michigan fall turkey hunting licenses extends through Aug. 1.
“A total of 34,950 licenses are available through a lottery for the fall turkey hunting season,” said Al Stewart, DNR Upland Game Bird Specialist. “Last fall, hunters spent 93,911 days afield pursuing turkeys and harvested 5,450 birds.”
Wild turkey hunting in the fall enables wildlife managers to stabilize or reduce wild turkey numbers in certain areas of the state to meet local goals based on habitat conditions and public attitudes.
Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any of the 1,700 authorized license dealers, at a customer service kiosk, at DNR Operation Service Centers, and online at www.michigan.gov/dnr. The cost to apply for a fall turkey hunting license is $4. This nonrefundable application fee must be paid at the time of application and does not include the cost of the license. When applying online at the DNR's e-license system, hunters may use MasterCard and VISA to charge their purchase, and applications can be purchased through e-license 24 hours a day during the application period.
All applicants, except those who applied online, will be mailed a postcard by Aug. 22. Drawing results will be posted Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at www.michigan.gov/dnr. If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license in person at any license dealer on a first-come, first-served basis for a one-week period beginning Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Any licenses that remain as of Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. (EDT) will be available for purchase over-the-counter by any hunter, including individuals who did not apply for a fall wild turkey license. These licenses will be sold until the quota is met.
If hunters encounter problems with their fall wild turkey application, purchasing a license, or if they have not received a notification card or located their name online by Aug. 22, 2003, they can obtain assistance by calling (517) 373-3904 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.