AUGUSTA — Wild turkey hunting season is under way in Maine.

The season begins Monday and runs through June 5 across much of central and southern sections of Maine.

Maine wildlife officials say the turkey population is strong in Maine after once being reduced to small numbers. Maine has been issuing about 20,000 turkey permits in recent years, up from fewer than 1,000 through the late 1990s.

Turkey hunting is considered a secretive sport, where hunters in camouflage use turkey calls to attract the wary birds.

Turkey hunters are allowed to take one bearded wild turkey in the spring, and a turkey of either sex in the fall season.