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Hoyt4

MN Turkey 2017

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You only need to apply for a spring lottery turkey license if you want to hunt during one of the first two hunting time periods (April 12-18, or April 19-25,) and you are an adult. Everyone else can purchase a license over the counter starting in mid-March.

If you want to apply for a lottery license:

You must submit your application by Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

If we draw your application, we will mail you a 2017 Spring Wild Turkey postcard as your winning notification by mid-February. Then you can purchase your license starting March 1.

•If you do not receive a winner’s notice, we did not draw your application. You can still hunt turkeys by purchasing an over-the-counter license for any one of the last four time periods (which run April 26-May 31), or you can try to purchase a surplus license for one of the first two time periods if any are available. Surplus licenses go on sale in mid-March. You may also purchase an archery license over-the-counter if you choose not to buy a firearms license, and these archery licenses are good for the entire season (April 12 – May 31).

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Thanks for posting the information.   Funny how 10 years ago sometimes a guy wouldn't get drawn every year.  Now you can buy over the counter tags in spring and fall.  I know the population has soared out of control in both area's I hunt, imo.  Is it optimal nesting conditions, lack of predators or waning hunter interests?

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I know a lot of people I talk to say its to much money just to shoot 1 bird. So that could lead into hunters not being interested. I know last year in my zone I bought a surplus otc for second season. So Im thinking hardly anyone applied.

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I bought a surplus also but did not get drawn for first season. So this year I should get pulled i'm hoping.

My area is not out of control and a 3 years ago with the bad winters we were finding dead turkeys. I think we found around 8 or  9 if I can remember. They started to rebound a bit this year but now were are going to have another bad winter hope they make it and the winter is not too hard on them.

 

WI permit has been put in, now just have MN to apply for and SD. Going to be a fun spring.

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I am going archery  again so I have all season to try. I hope the group of jakes this spring sticks around as they have this fall. 

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I will get the archery, and go whenever I feel like it... I like that! But first I will work on getting my son onto another bird. I really like the changes that the DNR have implemented the last few years!

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On 12/9/2016 at 6:49 AM, Hoyt4 said:

 

My area is not out of control and a 3 years ago with the bad winters we were finding dead turkeys. I think we found around 8 or  9 if I can remember. They started to rebound a bit this year but now were are going to have another bad winter hope they make it and the winter is not too hard on them.

 

 

 

I found the same thing.  I believe the "good old days" of turkey hunting were 5-6 years ago.  I have not seen a rebound in my hunting areas after the bad winters we had a few years back.   

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All season for me with the crossbow 

But I have the two nephews to take out 

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504 A season for me. First time ever that I have gone the first week. Can't get here soon enough!

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