Ammo technology has improved leaps and bounds over the years. These developments have lead to changes to Maine's turkey hunting laws.
With spring turkey season approaching, Mainers are prepping for the first round of thunder chicken hunting this year. Hunting and fishing laws are ever-changing, so perhaps this equipment requirement change slipped past you. In Maine you can now hunt with 28 gauge and .410 shotguns. These smaller gauge scatterguns were once considered to not have enough power for a clean kill at a distance.
Prior to 2019, turkeys could only be hunted in Maine with shotgun gauges 10 through 20. However, thanks to improvements in ammo technology, .410 has been approved as a capable method of harvest. If you plan to hit the turkey woods with a .410, shot sizes 7 through 9 in Tungsten Super Shot are required.
For those who wish to hit the turkey woods with a crossbow, you're good to go. Crossbows are a legal method of harvest for turkeys during the spring and fall seasons. State law requires a hunter to possess either a valid big or small game firearms hunting license, or an archery license, as well as a turkey permit, and crossbow permit.
Maine's spring turkey hunting season begins on May 2. Youth hunters get a jump start on the season for Youth Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Day, April 30. Daily bag limits still apply, which is up to two bearded (male) wild turkeys in most Wildlife Management Districts. A hunter may harvest only one bearded turkey in WMDs 1-6, and 8.
The spring turkey season runs through June 4.