Young Maine hunters might get own season for wild turkeys

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's young hunters might get their own turkey hunting season if a proposal makes its way through the Statehouse.

Republican Rep. William Tuell of East Machias has proposed the creation of a special season for the wild turkeys that would take place around Thanksgiving. Tuell's bill says the season would stretch from the Monday before Thanksgiving Day to the Saturday after the holiday. Youth hunters who have a valid license would be allowed to harvest one bird.

The state currently has a pair of turkey hunts. One takes place in the spring and the other is every fall. The birds are common across the state.

Tuell's bill has been sent to the legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It's co-sponsored by several other legislators who represent mostly rural parts of the state.


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