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Spring turkey application period is open!

2018 spring turkey hunting applications can be purchased now through Feb. 1! You can purchase your application online at E-license or anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

The 2018 spring turkey season runs April 23 through May 31, with several hunt periods to choose from.

Hunt 234 licenses go on sale over the counter, with no application required, on March 19. Hunt 234 offers the most days to hunt, valid from May 7-31, and is open statewide except public land in southern Michigan.

The Spring Turkey Digest explains regulations, season dates, and hunt units.

Beginning March 5, applicants can check whether they were drawn for a license at michigan.gov/turkey. Any leftover licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each hunt unit and hunt period.

Hunters may purchase one spring turkey license.

For more information about spring turkey hunting, visit michigan.gov/turkey.

Registration for the 2018 NWTF Michigan State Convention Now Open

Registration for the Michigan State convention, scheduled for January 19-20, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids is now open.  See the convention information by clicking the links below.  You can also visit the convention page by clicking on the State Chapter link above.

Convention Information

Ticket Order Form

Newest Turkey Tract Unveiled

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Turkey hunters can now enjoy a Turkey Tracts information kiosk located right within Montcalm County.

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) unveiled its newest information kiosk in the Flat River State Game Area, located off of Fenwick Road just east of Miller Road.

According to NWTF Regional Biologist Ryan Boyer, the new kiosk comes as the result of a partnership with the MDNR. The kiosk is aimed at providing education to hunters.

“There are three main goals: To emphasize and highlight some of the great public hunting access sites, provide information for folks about ongoing habitat work, and make a connection with local communities where the kiosks are being placed, so there’s an economic benefit,” Boyer said.  Read more.

‘Learn to Hunt’ mentor program gives newcomers a boost

There’s an old saw about how you learn new skills – you learn by doing.

That’s the focus of the “Learn to Hunt” program, a partnership led by Michigan State University, with assistance from the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Boone and Crockett Club, Pheasants Forever and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Find out more about this exciting program at http://www.learntohuntmi.org/

R3 - Recruit, Retain, Reactivate

R3 is the nationwide effort to recruit new hunters, retain the hunters we currently have, and reactivate hunters that have left hunting.  NWTF is taking the lead at the national and state level.  Steve Sharp is Michigan's R3 Coordinator and leads the effort to help meet the national goal of 1.5 million new hunters over ten years, 200,000 of those in Michigan.  How can you help?  One thing you can do is to mentor a new hunter, the next step is to report it.  One of the biggest hurdles is counting all of the new hunters that NWTF members mentor every year.  Use the links below to report your R3 event, report a mentored hunt, or just find out what R3 is all about.

Report your R3 event

Report if you mentored a new hunter

Enter a contest for mentored hunters (contest extended for 2017!)

Learn more about the "Learn to Hunt" program

Click the links at the top of the page to find your NWTF field staff and local chapter contacts and when and where to find your local NWTF events. You'll also find links to the National NWTF web site and other web sites that have interesting information for Michigan sportsmen.

What is the NWTF?

The NWTF — a national nonprofit organization — is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state.

The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America — from a mere 30,000 in the entire United States to more than 7 million across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Michigan NWTF Announces "SAVE THE HABITAT.  SAVE THE HUNT." Strategic Plan

Michigan NWTF leaders have released the strategic plan for the "SAVE THE HABITAT. SAVE THE HUNT." initiative in Michigan. Click here to see an outline of the strategic plan