Wild turkeys were once native to Maine. The Eastern wild turkey was extirpated in the early 1800s from overhunting and the clearing of forests along the coast. In 1978 wild turkey were reintroduced to Maine’s forests by state biologists. In 1986, a limited hunt with 500 permits was established in York County. In our area we can harvest 4 turkeys a year in a spring and a fall hunt.
We often find loose feather which naturally shed from turkeys during molts and in mating.