Hunters can begin submitting online applications for reserved turkey hunts to be held on certain state and federally owned properties beginning Jan. 31, 2014.
The application period runs through March 24 at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm.
New for 2014, DNR will offer a reserved hunt at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in southwestern Indiana.
Hunters must possess a valid 2014 spring turkey license, or lifetime license or youth hunt/trap license to apply for any of the reserved hunts. Applicants are allowed to apply for one property, and choose from the available dates for that property.
Whether a drawn hunter can bring a hunting buddy varies by property. On DNR properties, drawn hunters are not allowed to bring a buddy. At Muscatatuck National Willdlife Refuge, drawn hunters may bring a buddy, but only the drawn hunter can hunt. At Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, a buddy is required.
(Provided by Michigan DNR)
The Michigan DNR reminds hunters that applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale through Aug. 1.
A total of 51,850 licenses are available; 5,150 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land only. Eleven wild turkey management units, totaling 44,943 square miles, are open to fall turkey hunting during the Sept. 15 - Nov. 14 season, including most of the southern Lower Peninsula, Beaver Island, five counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.
"We are in the first year of a three-year period of stabilized regulations that were developed by working with turkey hunting groups," explained Al Stewart, the DNR's upland game bird specialist. "Regulations are generally similar to last year with the only change being the re-opening of turkey management units J, T and WA."
Early survey results and hunter commentary are showing that hunters who spent time turkey hunting in the northern half of Michigan are satisfied with their experience.
We took three birds in three days, said the National Wild Turkey Federations (NWTF) Tony Snyder, who took a bird himself, and assisted his grandchildren in harvesting their first turkeys, in Unit J. We had awesome hunting and saw lots of birds in the area.
Activities include turkey hunting tactics, equipment needs, cleaning and preparing after the harvest, safety, history and biology of the wild turkey, and field demonstrations. If time and weather allow, there will be shooting range opportunities.
The workshop is tailored to beginning turkey hunters, but all levels can gain valuable knowledge.
Drinks and light snacks will be provided. The event is sponsored by Tri-County FWA, Indiana Conservation Officers, and the Land of Lakes Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
For information, call (574) 834-4461.
(Provided by Indiana DNR)
Youth hunters can apply for a reservation to hunt one of 21 Indiana DNR properties during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 20 and 21.
The hunters must be younger than 18 on the day of the hunt.
The reserved hunts are at the following fish & wildlife areas: Atterbury, Crosley, Deer Creek, Glendale, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Sugar Ridge, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J.E. Roush, Tri-County, Minnehaha, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Chinook, Winamac and Willow Slough.