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Wild turkey license number increased for spring turkey season

Wild turkey license number increased for spring turkey season

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

The Game and Fish Department is offering 7,647 wild turkey licenses for the 2022 spring hunting season, 635 more than last year.

Ten of the 22 hunting units have more spring licenses than last year, one has fewer licenses and 10 remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed due to lack of turkeys in the unit.

One noteworthy change from 2021 is that handguns are no longer a legal firearm. Only shotguns, including muzzleloading shotguns, no larger than 10 gauge, are legal.

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

The spring turkey season opens April 9 and continues through May 15.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 16. Applicants can apply online at the Game and Fish Department website.

Applicants should note that a general game and habitat license is required when applying for a turkey license. The applicant has the option of having the general game and habitat license refunded if their turkey license is not drawn in the lottery.

In addition, hunters aged 16 and older must possess a small game license or combination license.

First-time spring turkey hunters aged 15 or younger are eligible to receive one spring license valid for any open unit. To be eligible, a 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.

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