In this 2007 file photo, wild turkeys search for food in a field in Levant. Credit: Kevin Bennett / BDN

One of Maine’s “big four” hunting seasons is set to begin in about two weeks.

The spring wild turkey hunt begins on May 1 with Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day this year. The full season then follows on May 3 and continues to June 5.

Hunters are allowed to take two bearded wild turkeys in most of the state, although they are limited to one bearded wild turkey in some parts of far northern Maine.

Maine encouraged more spring turkey hunting last year because hunting is an outdoor activity that typically requires social distancing.

The other game animals that make up the “big four” are the black bear, moose and white-tailed deer. Those hunting seasons take place in the late summer and fall. There’s also a fall wild turkey hunt.

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