Maine Turkey Season Starts April 30

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Maine's turkey hunting season opens on April 30, and hunters can purchase their permit to hunt wild turkey through a license agent or online at www.mefishwildlife.com.

"The restoration of the Wild Turkey in Maine is an amazing success," said Roland D. Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "Turkeys are now found in every county in the State."

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.

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.

Once again this year, junior hunters who are interested in turkey hunting get their own day on April 28 before the regular season starts. Hunters who are 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age and possess a junior hunting license and a Spring Turkey Permit may hunt under the supervision of an adult on April 28, 2007. New this year, Youth Hunters may also hunt on any Saturday of the turkey season, regardless of their birth year.

Junior hunters may hunt for one bearded turkey with firearms or bow and arrow, and must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or a qualified adult. 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 during the youth hunting day on Saturday, April 28, 3007.