August 11, 2013

Hunting: Proposals on turkey hunting – too bold or just right?

By Bob Humphrey

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Yet another change is actually more of a clarification. Previously there were conflicting regulations regarding the use of dogs for fall turkey hunting in Maine. The new framework clearly allows their use. It's a highly specialized technique practiced by only a few who are willing to spend the time and effort necessary to train a good turkey dog.

Even more significant are changes to next spring's season. Maine is taking a bold step in becoming the first New England state to allow all-day spring hunting. They're also adding crossbows to the list of allowable archery tackle. Look for more on these changes in the spring.

All of the above represent some fairly bold and aggressive changes, particularly when considering how conservative the department has been with regard to protecting the wild turkey as a natural resource. Hopefully they're not too bold and won't result in hunters killing the proverbial turkey that laid the golden egg. Time will tell. Meanwhile, enjoy the new opportunities and hunt safely.

Bob Humphrey is a freelance writer and registered Maine guide who lives in Pownal. He can be contacted at:

bhhunt@maine.rr.com

 

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