News Release

Apply through Jan. 25 for spring wild turkey A and B permits

December 17, 2018

Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, Jan. 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

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, 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 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 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.

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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