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Michigan wild turkey season opens April 23

From Michigan Department of Natural Resources



-- Ranking sixth in the nation for turkey harvests, Michigan’s current turkey population is estimated at over 200,000 birds, a fortunate situation for hunters when spring wild turkey season opens April 23. It runs through May 31.

Michigan residents can purchase a spring turkey license for $15; seniors can purchase the license for $6. Licenses are available at any license agent or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com.

Hunt No. 234 is a good choice for hunters who want maximum flexibility, because the hunt includes all areas of the state open to spring turkey hunting except the public lands of southern Michigan. It runs from May 7 to 31. Hunt No. 234 licenses can be purchased through May 1. After May 1, Hunt No. 234 will be available only to those who applied for a hunt in the drawing.

Many limited-quota licenses are also available for many parts of the state, including private land hunting in Unit ZZ, Hunt No. 301, in southern Michigan.

Those hunting private land should receive permission to hunt before purchasing a private-land-only license.  Licenses will be sold until quotas are met. For a list of available limited-quota licenses,visit www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.

A new state law allows youth hunters nine years old and younger to participate in the spring turkey season through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. The youth 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. In addition, the Mentored Youth Hunting license also provides a tag for small game, deer (two tags, any deer), furbearer and fish (all species) during the appropriate season.

For information on mentor requirements, and other information, visit www.michigan.gov/mentoredhunting.

Information about turkey hunting can be found at www.michigan.gov/turkey.

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