Wild Turkey Lottery - Spring applications available early November.
Surplus (or undersubscribed) turkey hunt licenses may be available to hunters who applied in the 2017 turkey lottery drawing but were unsuccessful. Surplus licenses will go on sale beginning 3/06/2017, at 12:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 8, at 12 p.m. any remaining surplus licenses and the C-F unlimited permits will go on sale for anyone who does not already have a license, even if they did not apply for the 2017 spring turkey lottery. You can purchase surplus licenses on a first-come, first-served basis at any ELS license agent or online. Surplus licenses cannot be purchased by phone.
Before you hunt, sign up for a (non-mandatory) wild turkey hunting clinic.
Each year that you apply for a license and don't get drawn for one, you earn a preference point until you are drawn. If you are a first-year applicant or a previous-year winner, you are a preference level 1. The higher your preference level, the better chance of getting a license. For example, a preference level 2 has a better chance of getting a license than a preference level 1. Group preference works the same way. Some of our lottery drawings you can apply for as a group, such as this one; your group's preference is the same as the preference of the member with the lowest preference level.