Article Posted: January 16, 2002

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LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
reminds hunters they have until Feb.1 to apply for their
spring wild turkey hunting license, and more customers than
ever are discovering the Internet is a fast, convenient way
to do business with the DNR.
By clicking on the e-license link on the DNR Web site at
www.michigandnr.com, hunters, anglers, campers and other
outdoor users can purchase a hunting and fishing license,
special hunt application or permit, or make a campground
reservation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is part of
the state's efforts to provide online services so residents
don't have to wait in line.
"The response to e-license by hunters has been very good,"
said DNR Wildlife Chief Rebecca Humphries. "More than 30,000
hunters purchased their turkey, bear, elk and antlerless
deer applications online last year, and the number of spring
turkey applications sold on our Web site so far this year is
well ahead of last year's pace."
Through the first two weeks of sales activity, 3,658 hunters
have applied for their spring turkey license online, which
is a 52 percent increase over the same period a year ago.
Online customers may use MasterCard or Visa to charge their
purchase, and they will be able to print their application
receipt from their personal computer. The system also allows
customers to make sure their computer setup meets the PC
needs for online purchasing, and they can test their printer
before they begin. It takes only a few minutes to complete a
"We designed the system to be very user-friendly," said DNR
Resource Management Deputy George E. Burgoyne, Jr., "and on
a scale of 1-10, where 1 is 'very dissatisfied' and 10 is
'very satisfied,' customer satisfaction in a recent survey
was an 8.7. That's very good, considering the number of
first-time users. Ninety-one percent of online customers
also said they had no problems printing their license."
In order to purchase a hunting or fishing license online,
customers must have a browser comparable to Netscape 4.0 or
newer, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or newer.
Additionally, browsers must utilize 128-bit encryption,
which is the highest level of protection possible for the
use of credit cards or to make other financial or
confidential transactions over the Internet.
"Our customers should be very confident about the security
of their credit card information," Burgoyne said. "In
processing more than 58,000 transactions last year, we did
not have a single problem or incident reported to us."
More than 22,000 fishing and small game licenses also were
sold through e-license in 2001, and these licenses, along
with waterfowl and fur harvester licenses, that will be
valid for the 2002-2003 seasons will go on sale March 1.
The e-license Web site also links customers to the Michigan
Wild Turkey Hunting Guide for the 2002 spring season, and
online users can access a Frequently Asked Questions
database to immediately get the right answer to any
questions they may have regarding the Guaranteed Hunt
Period, how to apply as a party and other important details.
Hunters also may apply for their 2002 spring wild turkey
hunting license at more than 1,700 license dealers and at
many DNR offices statewide.

Source: MDNR

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