Turkey season opens Monday

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AUGUSTA – Wild turkey Season begins Monday, and for the first time ever, hunters can purchase their permit through a license agent or online at www.mefishwildlife.com.

Last year, all 23,951 turkey hunters who applied for a turkey permit in the wild turkey lottery were issued a permit, and 6,236 hunters were successful.

This year, permits are available to purchase at any license agent or online.

“The reintroduction of wild turkeys in Maine is a true success story. Wild turkeys are now a common sight through southern and central Maine, and this year, all hunters have a chance to hunt turkeys in the state,” said Roland D. Martin, the Commissioner for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Once again this year, the season will be split into two seasons. Hunters born in even years are assigned Season A, and those born in odd years have Season B. Season A runs from May 1-6, May 22-27, and May 29-June 3. Season B hunters have May 8-20 and May 29-June 3.

Hunting hours for wild turkeys are hour before sunrise until noon, and hunters are allowed one bearded spring turkey per permit holder per season.

Turkey hunting is open in southern and central Maine in Wildlife Management Districts 10-18, and 20-26.

Hunters are reminded to ask for landowner permission before hunting private property, and to hunt safely.

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