A wild turkey wanders onto a golf course in this 2009 file photo. Credit: Bridget Brown

This year marks the 35th year of wild turkey hunting in Maine. What began with a limited season in 1986 has gradually grown into a statewide hunt.

In 2019, 6,612 turkeys were harvested during the spring hunt, and 1,980 were tagged during the fall season, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Here are some important dates in Maine’s wild turkey hunting timeline:

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Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife