Turkey Hunting in Michigan



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Number of Licenses Sold Annually

$26 to $31

Application fee, $5; base license, $11; spring turkey license, $15

Cost of Resident License and Permit

$166 to $171

Application fee, $5; spring turkey license, $15; base license, $151

Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Getting legal to hunt Michigan turkeys isn't as challenging as it first appears.

You can apply for one limited-quota license for a specific spring turkey hunt unit during specific season dates. The fee is $5. Applicants selected in the drawing can then purchase a limited-quota license online or at a license agent. 

No worries if you missed the original lottery deadline (Jan. 1 through Feb. 1). After the drawing, leftover licenses are sold until quotas are met. Of course, based on hunter applicants, some might not be available for some hunt units or dates. Leftover licenses, if available, can be purchased beginning March 20 at 10 a.m.

Michigan has 7.4 million acres of forest land open to public hunting in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. 

The northern Lower was once Michigan's turkey go-to area, but southern Michigan has taken over that title. The Upper Peninsula has a growing population of turkeys and low hunting pressure. 

As with most turkey country, good scouting to find huntable numbers of birds is critical here. The middle part of the Lower Peninsula has the best turkey numbers. Allegan, Jackson, Kent, Lapeer, Montcalm, Newaygo, Saginaw, St. Clair and Tuscola counties typically lead the turkey tally.

Turkey Hunting in Michigan (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

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