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2018 Michigan Wild Turkey PatchAttention K-12 students - here’s a chance to make your mark by submitting the winning design for the 2020 wild turkey patch! All entries must be received by Dec. 31, 2018.

Original, hand-completed designs should include an eastern wild turkey or components of a turkey (e.g., feathers, tracks). Drawings may be done in any medium (pencil, oil, pen and ink, chalk, crayon, etc.) and be color or black and white. If color, no more than 13 colors may be used. All entries must be submitted on 8.5-inch-by-11-inch paper, and submitted without mat, glass, frame or cover sheet (spray chalk with fixative).

Each patch design entry must include the following phrases or elements:

  • "Wild Turkey Management Cooperator"
  • "2020"
  • The DNR logo (or simply create a circular placeholder for the logo)
  • The web URL "mi.gov/turkey"

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive cash awards of $100, $50 and $25, respectively.

The winning design will serve as the basis for the 2020 Michigan Wild Turkey Management Cooperator Patch. Contest details and entry form are available at minwtf.org/patch-contest-rules/.

Questions? Contact Hannah Schauer at 517-388-9678.


If you applied for a spring turkey license in Michigan, you can find the results of the lottery at www.mi.gov/turkey.

If you weren’t successful in the drawing, you can purchase a different leftover license Monday morning after 10 a.m. On March 19, all remaining licenses will go on sale for those sportsmen who didn’t apply.


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Michiganís 2018 spring turkey hunting applications can be purchased now through Feb. 1.

You can purchase your application online at www.mdnr-elicense.com or anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

The 2018 spring turkey season runs April 23 through May 31, with several hunt periods to choose from.

Hunt 234 licenses go on sale over the counter, with no application required, on March 19. Hunt 234 offers the most days to hunt, valid from May 7-31, and is open statewide except public land in southern Michigan.

The Spring Turkey Digest explains regulations, season dates, and hunt units.

Beginning March 5, applicants can check whether they were drawn for a license at www.michigan.gov/turkey. Any leftover licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each hunt unit and hunt period.

Hunters may purchase one spring turkey license.

For more information about spring turkey hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/turkey.