Starting this year, Minnesota turkey hunters hunting this fall season may purchase a license over-the-counter wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

No lottery application will be necessary. Hunters still must declare a turkey permit area when purchasing a license, and they are restricted to hunting that area.

The application and lottery are being discontinued because the number of fall turkey licenses available has exceeded the number of applicants for the past several years.

Last year, hunters purchased 5,382 fall turkey permits and registered 953 birds. This year's 30-day season begins Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 28.

Licenses may be purchased at any time before or during the season at DNR license agents, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by calling toll-free at 1-888-665-4236. Complete details of the fall turkey hunt are available online at www.mndnr.gov//hunting/turkey.