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IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 25 JAN 05
Contact: Al Stewart or Thomas Oliver, 517-373-1263

Introduce someone you know to turkey hunting

State conservation officials today encouraged Michigan's turkey
hunters
to invite friends and family, who have never experienced the
adventure,
to join them turkey hunting this spring.

"Traditional outdoor activities, such as turkey hunting, provide us
opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends, creating
great memories that last a lifetime," said Thomas Oliver, hunting
heritage program coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources. "Because of Michigan's history of successful turkey
conservation, the time of year, and the need for developing outdoor
skills, spring turkey hunting is perfectly suited for inviting new
hunters afield, especially youths."

Hunters have until Feb. 1 to apply for a 2005 spring wild turkey
hunting license. The $4 nonrefundable application fee must be paid at
the time of application and does not include the cost of the license.

"Although thousands of hunters already have applied for their license,
we are encouraging them to become mentors. In order to apply, a
youngster must be at least 12 years old by the time a license is
purchased and have completed a hunter safety course," Oliver said.

Individuals who already have applied as an individual may form a
partnership with a youngster simply by providing the license agent
with
their party ID number when the youngster applies for their license.
Individuals may apply only once, and only two persons may be in a
party.

Hunters looking to enjoy the greatest hunting flexibility with a
youngster should check out the guaranteed hunt period (Hunt No. 234,
May 2-31), which includes all open areas, except public lands in Unit
ZZ.
Hunt No. 234 may be purchased online or from license agents during the
application period. Individuals who select this option will not be
charged the $4 application fee. Hunters also may select this hunt as a
second choice on their application.

If licenses are still available after the drawing, the remaining
licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to
unsuccessful applicants in the license lottery. These individuals may
purchase one leftover license in person at any license-issuing agent
beginning March 7 at 10 a.m. (EDT). The guaranteed hunt period (Hunt
No. 234) also is available to unsuccessful applicants.

First-time hunters may benefit from attending workshops located
throughout the state. The DNR and various conservation organizations
are cooperating to offer wild turkey hunter orientation courses. The
training sessions are open to anyone and may include turkey hunting
method, calling regulations and population status. A fee may be
charged
and space may be limited. Below is a list of all workshops being
offered
this spring.

For more information on Michigan turkey hunting, or to apply via the
DNR e-license system, visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Individuals who would like to share their story about taking a new
hunter afield or a first-time hunting experience should send it, along
with a cover letter giving the DNR permission to reprint the story, to
Hunting Heritage Program, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, PO
Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909.

2005 Spring Workshop Dates

March 5
Auburn Hills, Bass Pro Outdoor World, Huron Valley            
Chapter/Beards and Spurs Chapter, NWTF, Ted Hundich (586)              
979-9128

March 19
Vicksburg, Vicksburg Middle School, SW Michigan Longbeards             
   Chapter, NWTF, Gary VanDyke (269) 649-0384


March 19
Grand Rapids, Devos Place, Grand Valley Chapter, NWTF, Gary
Salmon (616) 538-4934

March 26
Baldwin, Baldwin High School, Pere Marquette Chapter, MWTHA, Jim
Maturen (231) 832-2575

March 26
Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale Telephone Co., Highbank                
Longbeards/Van Buren Longbeards, NWTF, Dan Hogbire (269)
427-6105 or Bert Vanderwheel (269) 217-3310

April 2
Davison, Williams Gun Sight Co., Flint River Chapter, NWTF, Jim
Miller (810) 736-1570

April 7 & 9
Dundee, Cabelas, River Raisin Chapter, NWTF, John Smith                
   (734) 529-4700

April 8 & 9 Belding, Belding Sportsman's Club, Flat River Chapter
Youth Event, Ron Hopkins (616) 794-3364

April 9
Gaylord, Jay's Sporting Goods, Traverse Bay Chapter, MWTHA,
Rick Riley (231) 549-2705

April 10
Waterford, Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Shooting Range,                
 Beard and Spurs, NWTF, Brian Williams (248) 666-8525



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