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Spring turkey hunting applications accepted through Jan. 8, 2010

A flock of about 30-40 wild turkeys crossed a road near Toad Lake and found any way to get to the other side of a barbed wire fence -- whether it was under or flying over.

Applications for the 2010 spring turkey hunt are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Adult hunters may apply for one of nearly 57,000 permits to hunt a five- or seven-day season in one of 77 permit areas.  Youth 17 and younger no longer need to apply for the lottery. They will be able to purchase a spring turkey permit for any permit area and any time period directly from a license agent. Applicants choose one of eight time periods in which to hunt.

Minnesota residents 18 and older by April 14, 2010, must apply for a spring turkey permit either in person, via the Internet or by telephone at 1-888-665-4236. A nonrefundable $3 application fee must be paid at the time of application. An additional nonrefundable $3.50 convenience fee will be charged for all applications made by telephone or the Internet.

Spring turkey archery hunters have two options. They can apply in the lottery or purchase a regular license over-the-counter for one of the last two time periods from the eight available, which allows them to hunt with a bow or firearm during the time period chosen. A second option allows them to purchase a spring turkey archery license, which allows them to hunt with a bow during both of the season's last two time periods.