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July 30 deadline for MN fall turkey hunt applications

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunters who wish to apply for one of Minnesota's 10,430 permits for the fall turkey hunt or for one of 186 permits for the prairie chicken season must do so by July 30.

Turkey hunters may apply for one permit from 67 different hunting areas that will be open from Oct. 2 to Oct. 31. This single season replaces multiple fall seasons.

Applications are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Application materials and maps of permit areas for both hunts are available on the DNR website at http://www.mndnr.gov.hunting/.  

Winners will be notified by mail by mid-September. Application must be made at any DNR license agent, by phone or online. Online and phone options offer 24-hour-a-day service at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense or (888)665-4236.

Youth who want to turkey hunt in the fall must apply. Over-the-counter sales of fall turkey permits are not available. The fall turkey hunt application fee is $3. The license costs $23 for residents and $78 for nonresidents. The $5 stamp validation has been incorporated into the license fee. A separate stamp no longer is required.

The five-day prairie chicken season, which begins Oct. 23 is open to Minnesota residents only. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four. Prairie chicken licenses cost $20. The hunt concludes Oct. 27.

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