Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, January 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The season runs from April 17 to May 31 and is divided into six hunt periods, A through F (see table below). Hunt A and B licenses for firearms hunters age 18 and older are limited in availability and assigned via lottery drawing.
Turkey lottery applications cost $5 and can be purchased online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, by phone at 888-665-4236, or in person from a license agent. Successful applicants will receive a postcard in the mail by mid-February and can purchase their hunting license starting on March 1.
Firearms licenses for hunts C, D, E and F are not lottery-limited and will be available for purchase over the counter beginning on March 1. All licensed turkey hunters can participate in Hunt F if they have an unused tag from one of the earlier hunt periods.
Archery and youth hunters (under 18) are exempt from the lottery and may purchase a spring turkey license valid during all hunt periods, including hunts A and B.
Surplus lottery licenses from hunts A and B, if available, will be sold over-the-counter starting in mid-March.
Visit mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey for more information about turkey hunting in Minnesota.
2019 Spring Turkey Hunt Periods
Hunt A: April 17-23
Hunt B: April 24-30
Hunt C: May 1-7
Hunt D: May 8-14
Hunt E: May 15-21
Hunt F: May 22-31