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Spring Turkey Season Set, Apply Online

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,655 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, 30 fewer than last year.

Four of the 22 hunting units have more spring licenses than in 2017, eight have fewer and nine remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2018 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.

Spring turkey applicants can apply online at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling 800-406-6409. Paper applications are no longer available for spring turkey or any other lottery licenses, which also includes moose, elk and sheep; deer gun, pronghorn and swan.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 14.

Successful spring turkey applicants must purchase a 2018-19 hunting license, as last year’s 2017-18 licenses expire March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

First-time spring turkey hunters ages 15 or younger are eligible to receive one spring license valid for the regular hunting season in a specific unit. To be eligible, the youth hunter must be 15 or younger on opening day of spring turkey season, and have never received a spring turkey license in North Dakota.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. Per legislation, an additional four spring wild turkey licenses are available to the Outdoor Adventure Foundation and three to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The spring turkey season opens April 14 and continues through May 20.

Spring Turkey Deadline Wednesday Feb 8

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,685 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, 130 fewer than last year.

One of the 22 hunting units has slightly more spring licenses than in 2016, five have fewer and 15 remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2017 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.

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Successful spring turkey applicants must purchase a 2017-18 hunting license, as last year’s 2016-17 licenses expire March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

First-time spring turkey hunters ages 15 or younger are eligible to receive one spring license valid for the regular hunting season in a specific unit. To be eligible, the youth hunter must be 15 or younger on opening day of spring turkey season, and have never received a spring turkey license in North Dakota.

Spring turkey applicants can apply online at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling 800-406-6409.

Application forms will also be available by Feb. 1 at vendors and Game and Fish offices. The deadline for applying is Feb. 8. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight that day.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The spring turkey season opens April 8 and continues through May 14.

Wild game processing and spring turkey camp

 

Individuals interested in attending an upcoming wild game processing workshop or spring turkey camp sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department should sign up quickly as classes are limited.

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Participants can register by contacting education coordinator Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.

Wild Game Processing Workshop

Audience: Anyone 15 years of age and older

Date: Saturday, March 11

Location: Game and Fish District Shop - 3001 E. Main, Bismarck

 Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Cost of Workshop: $25

 Learn how to take harvested game from the field to the table. Participants will take home several packages of fresh sausage.

 Spring Turkey Camp

 Audience: Female hunter education graduates ages 12-15 who have never had a turkey license

 Co-sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation Central Dakota Strutters and Badlands Toms chapters

 Date: Saturday/Sunday, May 6-7, must have parent/guardian present

 Location: Washburn

 Participants and guardians will spend time afield with an experienced turkey hunter. Each participant must apply for a guaranteed youth license in Unit 98 during the spring turkey lottery. The deadline to apply in the lottery is Feb. 8.

In addition to the mentored turkey hunt, participants will experience breakout sessions on wild turkey biology, turkey hunting safety and hunting techniques, firearm handling/shooting instruction, and how to build a turkey call.