DNR unveils 2015 turkey cooperator patch, reminds hunters to apply
The Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to think spring and get in the turkey hunting spirit by purchasing a wild turkey cooperator patch and applying for a spring turkey hunting license.
The 2015 turkey patch, designed by Phoebe Talaga of Lake Orion High School, is now available for purchase. The Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, in partnership with the DNR, coordinates the wild turkey patch program. Proceeds from patch sales are used to fund wild turkey-related projects and management in Michigan.
Young hunters, 17 years old and younger, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license may receive a free patch. To receive a patch, please send name and complete address, along with a legible copy of the youth’s valid wild turkey hunting license, to National Wild Turkey Federation, Wild Turkey Patch Program, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, MI 48865. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult hunters, collectors and other interested individuals may purchase the patch for $5, including postage and handling. Only the current-year patch is available for purchase. You do not have to harvest a turkey to purchase a patch. Send orders to the address above and please make check or money order payable to the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The DNR also reminds hunters that the last day for purchasing spring turkey hunting applications is Sunday, Feb. 1. The 2015 spring turkey season runs April 20 through May 31, with several different hunt periods to choose from.
The application is $5 and may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. Beginning March 2, applicants can check whether they were drawn for a license at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Any leftover licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each hunt unit and hunt period.
Information about spring turkey hunting can be found at www.michigan.gov/turkey.
A base license is required for every resident and nonresident who hunts in Michigan. Hunters may purchase a spring turkey license only after they have obtained a base license for the year. The base license is also a small game license.