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Second chance for wild turkey permits March 16

Wild turkey hunters who were not selected in this year's lottery for the spring hunt may purchase surplus permits starting at 5 p.m. on March 16.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making 4,676 surplus permits available at all Electronic Licensing System (ELS) outlets and online.

Unsuccessful lottery applicants are allowed to purchase one surplus permit. Hunters who did not enter the lottery will be able to purchase any remaining surplus permits beginning 8 a.m. on March 23.

Information about the number of surplus permits available in each permit area is available online.

Because hunting access in many turkey zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before purchasing a surplus permit. Hunters who obtain a surplus permit do not lose any existing preference for future lottery drawings.

Turkey hunting party applicants who were unsuccessful in the lottery must purchase individual surplus permits.