Turkeys – Maine’s Largest Game Bird!
Saturday, May 1st is Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day in Maine, and the regular season runs May 3 through June 5. Hunters in WMD 7 and 9 – 29 can take two bearded wild turkeys (including bearded hens, which are not as rare as you might think), while those in WMDs 1 – 6 and 8 can take a single bearded bird.
In celebration of this exciting and challenging season, The Maine Sportsman’s May 2021 issue offers extensive gobbler coverage, starting with a colorful “struttin’ tom” cover image by well-known wildlife photographer Tommy Kirkland, and continuing with Jerry Scribner’s column reminiscing on his 100 successful turkey hunts (page 29), a special section by Blaine Cardilli on how to set up turkey decoys (page 30), as well as coverage by Joe Saltamachia (31), Christi Holmes (36), Steve Vose (61) and Luke Giampetruzzi (69). Meanwhile, longtime New England sportsman and writer Bill Catherwood tells of hunting turkeys with his late Dad’s 10 gauge shotgun, in a poignant piece titled “Papa’s 10” (page 32).
Power sports also get our attention this issue, including Steve Carpenteri’s specials on ATVs (pp. 20 – 22) and boating (23 – 25). Saltwater anglers can learn all about circle hooks from Yarmouth guide Ron Dupuis (page 26) as well as from regular saltwater fishing columnist Barry Gibson (pp. 27 – 29).
And speaking of shots in the arm, vaccines are being distributed, the masks are slowly coming off, and a semblance of normalcy is in sight. So enjoy, and get out there and safely give your business support to restaurants, guides, sporting camps and outdoor supply stores.
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– Will Lund, editor
The Maine Sportsman magazine