AUGUSTA, Maine -- Archers who took advantage of Maine's second-ever fall archery turkey season this past fall were successful in bagging 246 turkeys. The turkey kill for Maine's fall season, which ran October 20-31, bettered 2002's inaugural mark of 151 turkeys. Brunswick accounted for the greatest number of turkeys registered, with 8 birds. Other top turkey towns were Jefferson with six, and Saco, Waldoboro, and Whitefield each with five.
During the fall season both hens (females) and toms (males) are legal quarry, with a season bag limit of 1 bird. Similar to 2002, the kill this past season was composed nearly half of adult females (48%), with lesser numbers of juvenile birds (28%) and adult males (19%), and the remaining 5% being of undetermined sex or age.
During Maine's fall turkey hunting season, only archery equipment may be used and an archery hunting license and fall turkey permit are required. The hunting success rate of the 1,859 hunters who purchased permits for the fall 2002 season was 8%. The total number of fall turkey permits sold in 2003 has not yet been tallied.