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Fewer ND spring turkey season applications available

From North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- North Dakota has decreased the Game and Fish Department offering of 5,795 wild turkey licenses for the spring by 925 from last year.

The decrease is a result of additional winter mortality the last three years and poor production during spring 2011.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 15. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight that day.

Ten of the 22 hunting units have fewer spring licenses than in 2011, while 11 remain the same. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2012 because of a lack of turkeys in the unit.

Successful spring turkey applicants must purchase a 2012-13 hunting license, and must have a  fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

First time spring turkey hunters ages 15 or younger are eligible to receive one spring license valid for the regular hunting season in a specific unit. To be eligible, the youth hunter must be 15 or younger on opening day of spring turkey season, and have never received a spring turkey license in North Dakota.

Spring turkey applicants can apply by calling (800) 406-6409 or online at https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/gnf/onlineservices/lic/public/online/lic/customerpurchase.htm.

Application forms will also be available by Feb. 1 at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The spring turkey season opens April 14 and continues through May 20.

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