The Department of Natural Resources says spring turkey hunting applications are on sale now through Feb 1. The application fee is $4. Hunters may apply for one limited-quota hunting license, or purchase a license for spring turkey Hunt 234, which does not require the $4 application fee. Applications and licenses may be purchased at any authorized license agent or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.
The 2012 spring turkey season runs from April 23 through May 31, with hunts lasting from seven to 39 days, depending on the hunt unit. A total of 114,290 licenses are available, including 49,290 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 should consider Hunt 234, which runs May 7-31 and includes all open areas of the state except the public lands of southern Michigan ,” said DNR Upland Game Bird Specialist Al Stewart.
Applicants can check whether they were drawn for a license beginning March 1 at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Any leftover licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each hunt unit and hunt period.