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Spring wild turkey licenses down slightly in North Dakota

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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.

Officials say the drop is due to poor 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.

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.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The season opens April 12 and continues through May 18.

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