Spring turkey licenses available

Didn’t have time to apply for a spring turkey license? Options are still available. The first is to purchase a Hunt 234 license, a statewide hunting license valid for all open areas, except public lands in Unit ZZ (southern Lower Peninsula). Hunters who did not apply for a license earlier this year can still purchase a Hunt 234 license until May 1. After May 1, Hunt 234 licenses will be available only to those who applied.

The second option is to purchase a limited-quota leftover license for areas where licenses are still available. For a list of available limited-quota licenses, go to www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Licenses will be sold until quotas are met.

Michigan residents can purchase a spring turkey license for $15, while seniors can purchase a spring turkey license for $6. To purchase a license, go to www.mdnr-elicense.com or visit any license agent. It is unlawful to obtain or purchase more than one spring turkey hunting license.

Those hunting private land should receive permission to hunt before purchasing a private-land-only license.

And remember, youth hunters 9 years old and younger can participate in the spring turkey season through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. The mentored youth hunting license is $7.50 and entitles the youth hunter to hunt turkey during the spring and fall seasons in any open hunt period or location, on either private or public land. This license also provides a tag for small game, deer (two tags, any deer), furbearer and fish (all species) during the appropriate seasons. Please go to www.michigan.gov/mentoredhunting for mentor requirements and additional information.

For more information about spring turkey hunting, including a short video on spring turkey regulations, visit www.michigan.gov/turkey.