1 2021-22 MAINE WILD TURKEY . HUNTING QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE. Please REFERENCE the MAINE 2021-22 Summary of HUNTING Laws for more details, available at LICENSE & PERMIT. The spring and fall wild TURKEY HUNTING HUNTER ORANGE CLOTHING. seasons are open to all hunters with valid MAINE big or small game firearms or archery Hunter orange is defined as a daylight licenses. A combination spring/fall wild fluorescent orange color with a dom- TURKEY permit is also required and available inant wave length between 595 and for $20, plus agent fee. Junior hunters and 605 nanometers, excitation purity hunters over the age of 70 are exempt from of at least 85% and luminance factor the $20 permit fee. of at least 40%. A decal on an article of clothing that is otherwise solid WILD TURKEY TAGGING hunter orange is permissible. Articles Prior to presenting a wild TURKEY for of hunter orange clothing must be in registration during the spring season, good and serviceable condition and a person may not possess or leave that visible from all sides.
2 When HUNTING animal in the field or forest unless they have turkeys, hunter orange clothing is securely attached a plainly visible tag to the only required when HUNTING with animal with their name, address, and license a firearm or crossbow during the number on the tag. firearms HUNTING season on deer (two New Law 2021 Exception: Wild TURKEY har- articles of hunter orange required), vested in the fall season ONLY do not need the muzzleloader season on deer (two to be registered or have a label attached for articles of hunter orange required), SUNDAY HUNTING . transport . A gift TURKEY must be labeled with the name and address of the person who or within an open moose HUNTING district during moose HUNTING IS ILLEGAL IN MAINE . registered it and the year the TURKEY was season (one article of hunter orange registered. required).
3 Refer to the Full HUNTING LEGAL HUNTING HOURS: Book for additional information. hour before sunrise to hour WILD TURKEY TRANSPORTATION. See HUNTING law book for details. after sunset. Any wild TURKEY being moved or transported in any manner during the spring season must have a tag securely attached, and it must be accompanied by the person who killed it. Unless the wild TURKEY has been ETHICS ARE WHAT WE DO WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS WATCHING. legally registered, no person shall keep a In the MAINE woods, rarely will anyone be there to notice your ethical wild TURKEY at his/her home or at any place of storage (except at the official registration behavior, but the landowner and the hunters that follow will greatly station or at the office of a MAINE Game appreciate it. Ethical behavior is vital to MAINE 's sporting future, and it Warden) for more than eighteen (18) hours encourages landowners to keep their property open for all to enjoy.
4 So without first notifying a game warden. remember: always respect the rights of landowners, and please ask first. WILD TURKEY REGISTRATION. All wild turkeys taken by hunters in the OUTDOOR PARTNERS LANDOWNER RELATIONS PROGRAM. spring season shall be presented for For $ , you can become an Outdoor Partner and support the registration within 18 hours at one of the registration stations established for that MDIFW landowner relations program, which works to preserve and purpose. At registration, the entire TURKEY , enhance access, helps landowners with access issues, and promotes except the viscera, must be presented, and responsible, ethical sporting behavior. all radio transmitters must be submitted to MDIFW. Hunters can keep any leg bands Members also receive discounts from retail partners, or wing tags as long as they have reported discounted subscriptions, and day passes, as well as them to MDIFW.
5 The fee to register a wild an Outdoor Partners decal and entry into a drawing TURKEY is $ to win one of six $500 gift cards. You can join at any time either as an add-on to your license purchase or at 2 0 2 1 - 2 2 S TAT E O F M A I N E S U M M A R Y O F L AW S & R U L E S H U N T I N G Q U E STI O N S? C A L L 2 07 2 87-8 000. SPRING WILD TURKEY HUNTING LANDOWNER PRIVILEGES. The spring wild TURKEY HUNTING season is ATTENTION TURKEY HUNTERS The following laws and regulations are open statewide. specific to spring and fall wild TURKEY The Department is collaborating HUNTING seasons. Hunters must also Equipment Shotgun: A person can use shotgun- with the University of MAINE comply with all other applicable fish and gauges 10 through 20, using shot sizes on a research project to better wildlife laws. 4 through 6 or mixed loads that include understand the population Any private landowner is eligible to hunt shot sizes 4 through 7.
6 In addition, dynamics of wild turkeys. As part wild turkeys on their own land without a shotgun gauges 10 through 28, includ- of this research we marked wild TURKEY HUNTING permit if: ing .410, may be used with shot sizes 7 turkeys using leg bands, wing through 9 in Tungsten Super Shot (TSS). 1. That person owns a particular piece of tags and back pack style radio land that is 25 or more contiguous acres A person must possess a valid big or transmitters in a number of areas in size and is located within the TURKEY small game HUNTING license and a TURKEY permit. throughout the state. If you shoot HUNTING zone designated for the season a TURKEY with a band, tag, or that they wish to hunt;. Bow & Arrow: A person must possess a valid archery license, and a TURKEY transmitter, please report it using 2. That person is permanently domiciled permit.
7 The contact information printed on that land;. Crossbow: A crossbow may be used to on the bird's leg band or radio 3. The land is managed for the raising and hunt wild turkeys during the spring transmitter. selling of dairy cattle, dairy products, or wild TURKEY HUNTING season. A person beef cattle; and HUNTING with a crossbow must possess 4. The land is open to HUNTING including either a valid big or small game firearms WILD TURKEY HUNTING PROHIBITIONS HUNTING by permission only. HUNTING license or an archery license as No Person May: Any family member permanently well as a TURKEY permit and crossbow 1. Employ the use of a dog or dogs in any domiciled on that land is also eligible to permit. manner while HUNTING TURKEY except hunt wild turkeys on that land without a Dogs: It is unlawful to hunt with dogs during the fall season.
8 During the spring wild TURKEY season. permit. (Family member means any family 2. Engage in an organized drive of any member, including spouse, grandchil- Electronic Calling Devices: The use of manner; dren, etc. who resides on the property). electronic calling devices is legal. 3. Use bait; A landowner must provide proof of 4. Use a trap or other device intended or FALL WILD TURKEY HUNTING designed to capture or ensnare wild eligibility if requested by an agent of the commissioner. Equipment turkeys;. Shotgun: A person can use shotgun 5. Shoot a TURKEY while it is in a tree; All other standard reporting and tagging gauges 10 through 20, using shot sizes 6. Present for registration, or allow to be procedures are required. TURKEY may be 4 through 6 or mixed loads that include registered in his or her name, a wild taken during any open week of the season.
9 Shot sizes 4 through 7. In addition, TURKEY that he/she did not lawfully kill; Landowners are allowed a bag limit of up shotgun gauges 10 through 28, includ- to 2 bearded wild turkeys in the spring ing .410, may be used with shot sizes 7 7. Hunt wild turkeys within a WMD that is closed to HUNTING wild turkeys. season and up to 5 wild turkeys of either through 9 in Tungsten Super Shot (TSS). sex in the fall season. Please check the A person must possess a valid big or 8. Possess any part or parts of a wild tur- key unless each part is plainly labeled WMD in which you are HUNTING as some small game firearms HUNTING license and with the name and address of the are closed, and others have bag limits a TURKEY permit. person who registered the TURKEY , and varying anywhere from 1, up to 5 turkeys. Bow & Arrow: A person must possess the year it was registered.
10 A valid archery license, and a TURKEY permit. 9. Buy, sell, offer for sale or barter, or aid someone in buying, selling, or offering Crossbow: A crossbow may be used to for sale or barter, any wild TURKEY hunt wild turkeys during the fall wild OPERATION GAME THIEF. (except the plumage of legally taken TURKEY HUNTING season beginning in turkeys). Call 1-800-ALERT US (253-7887) to report 2020 through 2022. A person HUNTING with a crossbow must possess either a 10. Hunt or register a wild TURKEY during game law violations. Caller identification valid big or small game firearms HUNTING the spring season after having killed protected. Rewards paid. Poachers are license or an archery license as well as a or registered two turkeys. thieves help us stop them. TURKEY permit and crossbow permit. 11. Hunt or register a wild TURKEY during Electronic Calling Devices: The use of the fall season after having killed five electronic calling devices is legal.