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Maine’s spring turkey season opens May 3

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

-- Maine’s spring wild turkey hunting season will open with May 3 a significant change in the spring bag limit.  The season ends June 5, a full five-week season for all turkey permit holders.

A new regulation regarding the spring bag limit is in effect. An initial permit for $20 allows hunters to take only one bearded wild turkey in the spring and a wild turkey of either sex in the fall. A second permit for $20 can be purchased anytime after the purchase of the first permit that would allow for the harvest of another bearded wild turkey in the spring only.

Youth Day will be May 1.  Youth ages 10 to 15 with a junior hunting license are allowed to hunt on this day with adult supervision. Youths will be allowed to take up to two bearded wild turkeys during the spring season without any additional permit fees.

Wildlife Management Districts open for spring wild turkey hunting are 7, 10-18 and 20-26.

Hunters must have a valid spring wild turkey permit and a valid Maine big game hunting license in order to hunt wild turkey. Licenses and permits are available at IF&W’s Augusta headquarters, at licensing agents statewide, and at www.mefishwildlife.com.

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