From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
-- Turkey hunters are reminded the quota for licenses was cut dramatically from 4,000 licenses to 1,500 this year for the Upper Peninsula. Aug. 1 is the deadline for fall wild turkey hunting license applications.
For the last few years Upper Peninsula fall turkey hunters have been able to purchase leftover licenses over the counter, said Al Stewart, upland game bird specialist. But with the reduction in the quota, there may not be many if any leftovers available this fall.
Fall turkey season runs from Sept. 15 to Nov. 14 statewide. Fall turkey hunters are allowed to harvest a bird of either sex. The Upper Peninsula quota was cut this season to assure enough hens survive into the spring breeding season.
The Upper Peninsula wild turkey population is large enough to warrant a fall season, but we want to take a conservative approach to make sure we maintain a robust population, Stewart said. Hunters who dont apply for a license, could find themselves left out.