Tag Archives: wild turkeys

Got your turkey yet? Tell us about it!

As Maine’s wild turkey season reaches its halfway point in most Wildlife Management Districts, a couple of observations: My inbox has been devoid of those dreaded messages from the Maine Warden Service informing news media of hunting accidents. That’s a good thing. Here’s hoping hunters remain vigilant and safety-conscious, and that everyone’s trips afield remain […]

Biologist expects ‘fair, modest’ turkey season

Warm, mild weather has greeted turkey hunters during the first week of the spring season, and Brad Allen, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, predicted those hunters will enjoy “a very fair, modest hunt” this year. The reason for Allen’s lukewarm assessment: The state’s turkey population has fallen in […]

Wildlife biologist expects average bird-hunting season in Maine

Officially, Brad Allen is a wildlife biologist. Come this time of year, though, he admits that he sometimes sounds like a meteorologist. “I hate to be a weatherman to predict game bird biologists, but [the weather] is so important,” said Allen, the bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Today’s […]

Share your turkey tales with the BDN

So, it’s wild turkey season, and what with the mild weather, I’m sure many of you already have tales that you’re itching to tell. Well, today’s your lucky day: I’m in the market for some good hunting stories, and I’m sure BDN readers would love to hear about your time afield. So, what exactly are […]

Hunters advised to watch for turkeys infected with virus

When Maine turkey hunters head into the woods in the coming weeks, state officials have advised them to be on the lookout for birds that have been infected with a virus that causes lesions on the turkey’s head and leg. That virus — Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus, or LPDV — has been recently detected in the […]

Turkeys just a part of two successful hunts

Sometimes, hunts go perfectly. Sometimes, they don’t. And sometimes, actually succeeding in filling a tag (or two) isn’t the most memorable part of the hunt. Just ask Flip McFarland of Stonington. McFarland, who was better known as “Phil” or “Phillip” when he owned Bangor Chrysler Dodge, moved to the coast with his wife after selling […]