Let the games begin: Much anticipated turkey hunt opens in Michigan

Michigan’s long-awaited guaranteed spring turkey hunt – Hunt 234 – starts today, Monday, May 1.

“The intent of the spring turkey season is to provide opportunity to all hunters while maintaining high-quality turkey hunting,” said Department of Natural Resources upland game bird biologist Al Stewart. “Hunt 234 is a great way for anyone to get out hunting this spring, with a month of hunting and the ability to buy your license over the counter without an application.”

(Michigan DNR photo)

Hunt 234 is a statewide hunting license valid for all open areas, except public lands in the southern Lower Peninsula (Hunt Unit ZZ). The Hunt 234 license can be purchased at any time throughout the May 1-May 31 season.

To learn more about spring turkey hunting, see the Spring Turkey Digest and watch this DNR spring turkey regulations video.

Every resident or nonresident who hunts in Michigan needs an annual base license. Once the base license is purchased, hunters can buy a spring turkey license. The DNR recommends purchasing a license in person at a DNR Customer Service Center, or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold, in order to have the spring turkey license in time for the season. A turkey license includes a kill tag, which must be attached to the turkey immediately when harvested.

If you have questions, call 517-284-WILD (517-284-9453).

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