15,600 Turkey Permits Drawn

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15,600 hunters were awarded turkey permits in a random chance drawing on February 10th at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) headquarters in Augusta. There were 24,040 hunters who applied for the 15,600 permits.

A list of those who were awarded permits is available on the department's web site at www.mefishwildlife.com. You may also find out by calling the IFW Information Center at 287-8000 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays.

Letters to all successful applicants in the permit drawing will be mailed by the end of the week and then will have until Friday, March 12 to pay for the permit. A turkey permit costs $13.00 for residents and $43.00 for nonresidents. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. The permit is for bearded turkeys only.

This year, 43% of the applicants applied online for their turkey permit. Succesful applicants can also pay for their permit online starting this Friday. This past fall, 40% of all applicants for any deer permits applied online. Hunters interested in applying for a moose permit can also apply online for their moose permit at www.mefishwildlife.com

This year, for the first time, youths 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age who possess a junior hunting license and a valid spring Wild Turkey Permit may hunt wild turkey on May 1, 2004, the Saturday preceding the opening day of Season A. Junior hunters must be accompanied in the field by a parent, guardian, or a qualified adult.