The first turkey hunt in Northern Maine that was scheduled to start later this month has been suspended and will not be held this year. After a lot of thought and conversation the Department made the announcement that the turkey season in Northern Maine would be suspended .
Hoppe:” Due to this years severe winter and the effect it has on a newly established wild turkey population in Northern Maine the Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife is suspending the spring turkey hunt in Wildlife Management Districts 1 through 6.
Hoppe said the spring turkey season will remain unchanged in all other areas of the State. Hoppe said there is still about 2 feet of snow in wooded areas with the majority of field areas also covered in snow and makes nesting conditions extremely difficult for the turkeys.
Hoppe:” You are going to have a lot fewer nesting sites which equates to lower brood production and fewer turkeys come spring. This is prudent of the Department to look after the resource. That is what our job is and we think it is best for this resource and for this year to suspend that.”