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Michigan fall turkey applications available through Aug. 1

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

-- Applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale through Aug. 1 with a total of 50,050 licenses available through lottery for units open to hunting.

Also available are 3,350 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land only. Eight wild turkey management units totaling 42,218 square miles are open to fall turkey hunting during the Sept. 15 to Nov. 14 season, including most of the southern Lower Peninsula, Beaver Island and the entire Upper Peninsula.

We are in the second year of a three-year period of stabilized regulations developed by working with turkey hunting groups, according to Al Stewart, upland game bird specialist. Regulations are similar to last year with one change occurring to quotas in the Upper Peninsula. The Unit M quota was reduced from 4,000 to 1,500 licenses.

Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any authorized license agent, at DNR Operations Service Centers or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.

The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted online beginning Aug. 15.

If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license at any license agent or online for a one week period beginning Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Licenses that remain as of Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. (EDT) will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter, and sold until quotas are met.

Hunters have an additional opportunity to get a turkey license by applying for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $4; hunters can apply as often as they like. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes an elk, bear, turkey and antlerless deer license.  For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt

Season dates and regulations have not yet been established for the 2012 hunting seasons.

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