I limit guiding for wildlife to two species: turkey and ducks. Please note while the dates listed below are inclusive, there is no hunting on Sunday in Maine.
Maine offers two turkey seasons, one in the spring and one in the fall. With the population explosion of wild turkey throughout most of Maine, both seasons can produce excellent hunting opportunities for this exceptional bird.
Spring Season: Youth* Only – May 2, 2015, All Others – May 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) 1-6 and 8 allow one bearded wild turkey while WMDs 7, 9-29 allow two bearded wild turkeys.
Fall Season: October 2, 2015 to October 31, 2015. WMDs 15-17, 20-25, and 28 allow two wild turkeys any sex and age. WMDs 12, 13, 18, 26, and 29 allow one wild turkey any sex and age. Hunting is closed for taking wild turkey in WMDs 1-11, 14, 19, and 27.
Spring and Fall Season wild turkey hunting fees: 1 Youth* = $125.00; 1 Adult = $150.00 for first 4 hours (or after first turkey is bagged); Each additional hour = $40.00. I will provide a lunch if we are in the field more than four hours. I will field dress the bird. Hunters are required to show their Maine hunting licenses and the spring/fall wild turkey permit before we start the hunt. Hunters are required to register their tagged bird within 18 hours at a registration station.
* Youth is defined by the State Maine Warden Service as between 10 years of age and under the age of 16. An adult may accompany a junior hunter but may not possess a firearm, bow, or crossbow during the hunt.
I guide for “regular” ducks (mallards, black ducks, teal, wood ducks, and coots) on rivers, ponds, or from land blinds over decoys. We will use canoes, kayaks, or flat-bottom jon boats.
The season dates and bag limits are determined annually according to federal frameworks and are usually published by September.
Duck hunting fees: 1 Adult = $150.00 for first 4 hours (or after bag limit is met within first four hours); Each additional hour = $40.00. I will provide a lunch if we are in the field more than four hours. I will field dress the birds. Hunters are required to show their Maine hunting licenses, Migratory Waterfowl Permit, and the federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp before we start the hunt.