The Department of Natural Resources is accepting license applications for the spring turkey hunting season through February 1st. Forms can be completed online through eLicense or affiliated retailers. A $5 fee is assessed for processing.
Michigan ranks fourth in the country for the size of its turkey harvest each year. The birds have become increasingly common over the past 15 years. At one time they were found almost exclusively near the Wisconsin border, but are now well established in the Copper Country. A lottery system is still used to mete out permits. The results will be published online on March 7th. Each license allows a hunter to harvest one bearded turkey.
The entire Upper Peninsula is in Unit M. Up to 6,000 turkey licenses are available. Hunters are allowed to use bow and arrow, crossbow, a firearm that uses a fixed shotgun shell, or muzzleloader when hunting. The season lasts from April 23rd through May 1st.