BISMARCK (Greg Freeman) - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,685 wild
turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, 130 fewer than last
turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The
spring turkey season opens April 8 and continues through May 14.
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
spring turkey applicants must purchase a 2017-18 hunting license, as
last year’s licenses expire March 31. In addition to the spring
turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and fur bearer
certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters
ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination
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.
turkey applicants can apply
at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can
also be submitted by calling 800-406-6409.
forms will 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.