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North Dakota Spring Turkey Season Set, Applications Available Wednesday

From North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- North Dakota's wild turkey population continues to do well in much of the state, allowing the state Game and Fish Department to offer a record number of licenses for the spring hunting season.

A total of 7,300 wild turkey licenses are available, an increase of 365 from last year. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Game and Fish Department is offering a record number of licenses for the spring season. The only exception to a strong statewide population is in Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties), which will again be closed due to lack of birds in the unit.

The 2007 state legislature passed a law that allows first-time spring turkey hunters ages 15 or younger 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 the spring turkey season, and have never received a spring turkey license in North Dakota.

In addition, legislation provided the National Wild Turkey Federation with one spring turkey license, valid in any open unit, to be raffled or auctioned. Proceeds are to be used for wild turkey conservation in North Dakota.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30, hunters can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Lottery and gratis applications are also available at Game and Fish Department offices, county auditors and license vendors. Prospective hunters can also apply by calling 800-406-6409.

Applications for the spring season must be postmarked no later than Feb. 13. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply. The spring turkey season is open from April 12 through May 18.

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