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Fall wild turkey leftover licenses available starting Sept. 22

Applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2003 fall wild turkey lottery may apply for leftover licenses. All hunters successful in the lottery should have received notification by Sept. 12. Wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the landowner and regular lottery drawings are being offered to unsuccessful applicants at Electronic Licensing System (ELS) agents beginning at noon on Monday, Sept. 22, on a first-come, first -served basis.

There are 287 permits still available from the 3,870 initially offered, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The DNR Web site at will have a link to the ELS Internet License Agent. The ELS Internet Agent will begin providing access to the surplus fall wild turkey licenses at noon, Sept. 22.

Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before getting a leftover permit. The fall turkey hunt consists of two five-day seasons, Oct. 15-19 and Oct. 22-26.

Nine of the 21 open wild turkey permit areas have some leftover permits available. Only applicants who were unsuccessful in the fall 2003 turkey hunt lottery may obtain these licenses. A person who obtains a leftover permit does not lose any existing preference for future lottery drawings. There is no additional application fee, but hunters obtaining leftover permits must pay the regular turkey hunting license and stamp fees. Unsuccessful party applicants must apply individually to purchase these licenses. All license sales are final.

Hunters may check the availability of leftover licenses or the status of their lottery applications on the DNR Web site at




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