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Youth hunters who will be younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt may apply for reserved turkey hunts March 18-29.

The youth wild turkey hunting season is April 20 and 21 on selected DNR properties.  

Youth hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone during the normal office hours for the property they wish to hunt. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.

A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property each hunting day in an attempt to provide quality hunts for participants.

Participating fish & wildlife areas include Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Roush Lake, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Wabashiki, Willow Slough and Winamac. Youth hunts are also being offered at Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake.

Be one of more than 30,000 hunters who harvest a Michigan turkey during the spring season!

Spring turkey applications are available now, so don’t wait until later. 

Apply for the turkey hunt you want this spring – see the 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Digest for hunt unit information and dates. Check out the digest and apply online at Michigan.gov/Turkey. Applications can be purchased for $5 anywhere DNR licenses are sold.

For questions about applying for your spring turkey license, call 517-284-WILD (9453).

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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.