Youth hunters will get a jump start on the spring turkey season this weekend.

Saturday, April 30, is Spring Wild Turkey Youth Hunting Day. Only junior hunters who hold a valid junior hunting license can participate in special youth hunting days. 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 opens to all hunters on Monday, May 2.

With a valid Maine big game or small game hunting license, turkey hunters can purchase a wild turkey permit for $20 for both residents and non-residents. This permit allows turkey hunters to take up to two bearded wild turkeys in the spring, and an additional turkeys of either sex in the fall. Fall bag limits vary in Wildlife Management Districts around the state.

Last year, a new law went into effect that changed registration requirements for wild turkeys. Only turkeys harvested during the spring season need to be transport tagged and registered. Turkeys harvested during the fall season do not need to be registered.

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The spring turkey season runs through June 4.

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