- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is offering 5,880 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, a decrease of 50 from last year due to what officials say is a drop in turkey production.

Two of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2013, while 16 remain the same. Unit 21 is closed again this year due to a lack of turkeys in the unit that encompasses most of Hettinger and Adams counties in the southwestern part of the state.

License application forms will be available by Saturday at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices. The deadline for applying is Feb. 12. The season opens April 12 and continues through May 18.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. They will be more expensive this year, due to increases approved by the state Legislature last year.

The spring turkey license has increased from $8 to $15, and the general game and habitat license that also is required has risen from $13 to $20. The small game license that is required for hunters age 16 and older has gone from $6 to $10.

A combination license - which includes general game and habitat, small game, furbearer and fishing - has increased from $32 to $50.

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