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Prairie chicken hunters who were unsuccessful in this year's lottery for the prairie chicken hunting season may apply for a very limited number of surplus permits starting at noon on Sept. 19.


Likewise, fall turkey hunters who were unsuccessful in this year's lottery for the fall turkey hunting season may apply for a surplus permit starting on Sept. 19.

Five prairie chicken permit areas have surplus permits. Area 801 has nine, area 803 has four, area 804 has two, area 808 has three and area 811 has one.

Nearly 7,000 fall turkey permits are still available. This year's fall turkey season runs from Oct. 1-30.

The DNR makes surplus permits available at all ELS outlets and on the DNR website.

Hunters who did not enter the lottery will be able to purchase any remaining surplus licenses beginning Sept. 22.

Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before getting a leftover permit. A hunter who obtains a surplus permit does not lose any existing preference for future lottery drawings.

Pioneer staff reports