Maine Spring Turkey

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AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s spring Wild Turkey hunting season opens Saturday (May 2) with a Youth Only Day to encourage young people to learn about the sport, and for adults it opens on Monday (May 4).

Hunters must have a valid Spring Wild Turkey Permit and a valid Maine resident hunting license, or a valid nonresident or alien big game hunting license in order to hunt turkey. A valid archery license also permits hunting of wild turkey with bow and arrow in Maine.

Hunters can purchase their permit to harvest online using MOSES at www.mefishwildlife.com, at any of the more than 280 MOSES or licensing agents statewide, or at IF&W headquarters in Augusta.

Maine’s wild turkey season is from May 4 to June 6, 2009.

Spring Legal Hours: One-half hour before sunrise until noon (12 p.m.) local time.

Spring Areas Open to Hunting: Wildlife Management Districts 7, 10-18, and 20-26.

Spring Bag Limit: One bearded wild turkey per permit holder per season.

Spring Legal Method for Taking: Only shotgun gauges 10 through 20 using shot sizes 4 through 6, or bow and arrow may be used.

Calling devices: Electronic calling devices are legal.

Youth Day: Once again this year, junior hunters who are interested in wild turkey hunting will have their own day this Saturday, May 2, before the regular season starts. The rules are:

Age: Youth hunters who are 10 years or older and under 16 years of age;

Permit and License Needed: Eligible youth hunters must possess a junior hunting license and a Spring Wild Turkey Permit;

Adult Supervision is Required and Rules: The qualified adult must be a person 18 or older who has been approved by the youth’s parent or guardian and must hold a valid Maine hunting license or have completed a hunter safety course. The accompanying adult cannot possess a firearm or bow and arrow during Youth Hunting Day.

Bag Limit: Junior hunters may bag one bearded wild turkey with a firearm or a bow and arrow.

(NWTF photo)