Monday, April 30th, sets off the opening of another spring turkey hunt in Maine. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner, Roland Martin says the turkey restoration in Maine is a big success boasting that now turkeys inhabit all 16 counties throughout the state.

With that statement though, not all Wildlife Management Districts are open to turkey hunting.

Turkey hunting is open in Wildlife Management Zones 7 (new this year), 10-18, and 20-26. Hunters may take one bearded turkey. Only shotgun gauges 10-20 using shot sizes 4-6 (size 2 no longer legal), or bow and arrow may be used to hunt spring turkeys. Electronic calling devices are legal. Hunters may hunt one half hour prior to sunrise until 12:00 p.m. local time.

When Maine first began offering a turkey hunt, hunters had to apply for a permit and hope to get drawn in a lottery-style selection process. Now the season is open to any hunter who purchases a hunting license and a turkey permit. The season still remains split and is divided into alternating weeks.

Maine’s wild turkey season is split into two seasons over a five-week period. For the 2007 Spring Turkey hunt, hunters with “odd” birth years (years ending in 1,3,5,7,or 9) will be authorized to hunt during Season A. Hunters with “even” birth years (years ending in 0,2,4,6,or 8) hunters with will be authorized to hunt during Season B.

Season A includes the first, fourth and fifth week of the season. Season B includes the second, third and fifth week of the season. The dates for season A are April 30, 2007 through May 5, 2007, May 21 through May 26, 2007 and May 28, 2007 through June 2, 2007. Season B runs from May 7, 2007 through May 12, 2007, May 14, 2007 through May 19, 2007, and May 28 through June 2, 2007.

Youth hunting day for turkeys will be on April 28. This day is open for licensed youths only. Each participant must have a valid hunting license, turkey permit and be accompanied by a qualified adult.

Bag limit for all turkey hunters is one bearded turkey.

Tom Remington