(Provided by MDNR)

The Michigan DNR reminds hunters that the fall turkey hunting application period is now open.

Applications went on sale July 1 and will be available through Aug. 1. The application fee is $5. Applications and licenses may be purchased at any authorized license agent or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com.

The 2016 fall turkey season runs Sept. 15 to Nov. 14. A total of 51,350 licenses are available, including 4,650 general licenses and 46,700 private-land licenses.

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

Fall turkey drawing results and leftover license availability will be posted Aug. 11 at www.michigan.gov/turkey.

(Provided by IDNR)

Indiana hunters harvested 12,081 wild turkeys during the 2016 spring wild turkey season, according to data from the Indiana DNR.

The harvest indicates a 2 percent increase from the 11,853 turkeys taken during the 2015 spring season.

Spring harvest in 25 counties exceeded 200 birds, with 49 counties showing an increased harvest.

By Louie Stout

Ryan Hershberger used his Custom Calls to take this dandy bird from Michiana.Ryan Hershberger has put northern Indiana on the map in the minds of the nation’s avid turkey hunters.

The Goshen entrepreneur received national honors for his hand-made turkey calls recently at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention’s Call-Making competition.

Not only did he win first place in friction calls, but his call was cited as the Grand National Champion of all calls entered.

In other words, his calls sounded more realistic than all others in the competition.

Not bad for a guy who paints houses for a living and only has made turkey calls since 2007, just five years after he started hunting gobblers.