NWTF offers nonresident N.D. spring turkey tag by auction

If you’re a North Dakota nonresident looking to hunt wild turkeys in North Dakota this spring, here’s your chance to take advantage of one-of-its-kind opportunity.

North Dakota doesn't offer nonresident spring wild turkey tags, but one of the tags now is available by auction through North Dakota chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation. (Photo by Craig Bihrle, N.D. Game and Fish Department)

North Dakota, the only state with a spring turkey season that isn’t open to nonresidents, has donated one of the nonresident permits to the National Wild Turkey Federation. In a news release, the NWTF said it now is now is auctioning off the tag, and the winning nonresident bidder will have the opportunity to bag a turkey on either public or private land.

Here’s a closer look at the program:

- The tag is good for one North Dakota spring turkey and is good for the entire season — April 14-May 20.

- The permit is good for open turkey hunting unit in the state.

- The tag is the only one of its kind available to nonresidents on public or private land.

- Additional state general game license(s) are required at a cost of about $15 to $20.

n This is a non-guided hunt, but assistance in planning, including general hunting areas and lodging options, will be available from North Dakota NWTF state chapter board members.

- The winning bidder is responsible for travel, food, lodging and all other costs.

To place a bid on the nonresident tag, email Marc Kurz of Grand Forks, a member of the Grand Gobblers Chapter of the NWTF, at mkurz@undeerc.org. The auction will end at 8 p.m. CST on March 25, and bidders can review bids here:

In related news, the Grand Gobblers NWTF chapter is holding its annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. March 30 in the Grand Forks Ramada Inn. Kurz also is the go-to guy for info on that event.

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