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Spring turkey hunting applications on sale now

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to start dreaming of spring by purchasing their spring turkey hunt applications today.

The DNR reminds hunters that spring turkey hunting applications are on sale now through Feb 1. The application fee is $4. Applications and licenses may be purchased at any authorized license agent or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.

The 2014 spring turkey season runs from April 21 through May 31, with hunts lasting from seven to 41 days, depending on the hunt unit. Hunters may purchase a license for just one hunt. A total of 114,140 licenses are available in the drawing for quota hunts, including 49,140 general licenses and 65,000 private-land licenses.

Information about spring turkey hunting can be found at www.michigan.gov/turkey.

“Hunters looking for the greatest flexibility may wish to purchase a Hunt 234 license. This license will be available beginning in March (no application required). The Hunt 234 license is valid from May 5-31 and includes all open areas of the state except the public lands of southern Michigan,” said DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart. “New this year, hunters may purchase Hunt 234 through May 31.”

Beginning March 3, 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.

Beginning March 1, a base license is required for every resident and nonresident who hunts in Michigan. Hunters may purchase their spring turkey license only after they have obtained a base license for the year. An application may be purchased prior to obtaining a base license.