Sen. John Proos on Thursday reminded area hunters that applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale through Aug. 1.
A total of 51,850 licenses are available, consisting of 5,150 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land use only.
“The fall turkey hunting season is right around that corner and applications for the hunt are now available,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage local hunters to apply for a license to give them the best chance to secure one of a limited number of licenses for the fall turkey season.”
Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any authorized license agent, at Department of Natural Resources Operations Service Centers or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted online starting Aug. 15.
The fall turkey hunt season runs Sept. 15 – Nov. 14. For rules and information on this great outdoor sport, access the 2013 Fall Turkey Hunting Digest at www.michigan.gov/hunting.
“Please hunt safely. Most hunting-associated injuries and casualties are preventable,” Proos said. “With Michigan’s abundance of game animals and birds attracting more hunters than any other state, hunting plays a key role in our economy and remains a favorite pastime of many Southwest Michigan families and out-of-state visitors — and the fun begins with being safe.”
If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license at any license agent or online from Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. to Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. After that licenses will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter until the quotas are met.