Category: News & Updates

Salmon Fishing Is Heating Up!

Right after ice out in northern Maine is primetime to book a salmon fishing trip at Tucker Ridge

Landlocked Salmon
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Spring turkey hunt frequently asked questions

The spring wild turkey hunt begins in less than one month! We know we aren’t the only ones with a countdown….

Youth day is Saturday, April 30 and the season opens to all hunters May 2 – June 4, 2022. Here are answers to frequently asked questions:

What ammunition can I use while turkey hunting?

A person can use shotgun gauges 10 through 20, using shot sizes 4 through 6 or mixed loads that include shot sizes 4 through 7. In addition, shotgun gauges 10 through 28, including .410, may be used with shot sizes 7 through 9 in Tungsten Super Shot.

If I harvest a turkey during the spring season, do I need to register it at a tagging station?

Yes. All turkeys harvested during the spring hunting season must be registered. Click here to find a tagging station.

How can I find out what Wildlife Management District (WMD) I am in to determine my bag limit on turkeys?

You can use either the interactive WMD map or download a PDF.

How many turkeys may I harvest?

Bag limits vary by Wildlife Management District (WMD). In WMDs 7 and 9-29, the season bag limit is 2 bearded wild turkeys. In WMDs 1-6 and 8, the season bag limit is 1 bearded wild turkey. 

If I hunt in a WMD that has a one turkey bag limit, can I harvest another turkey in a WMD with a two-turkey bag limit?

Yes, you just cannot exceed that WMD’s bag limit or the season bag limit. The order in which they are taken does not matter. If hunting in a WMD with a two-turkey limit, you may harvest both turkeys in the same day and be tagged out for the season.

Are electronic calls legal?


Can I hunt a turkey with a small game license as long as I have a turkey permit?

Yes, both nonresidents and residents may hunt turkey as long as they have a small or big game firearms or archery license, in addition to a turkey permit. Buy a license or permit online.

Note: Lifetime license holders that are between the ages of 16 & 69 must purchase a turkey permit to legally hunt turkey (does not apply to the complimentary hunting licenses).

Does my junior hunter need a turkey permit?

Junior hunters (hunters under the age of 16) and hunters over the age of 70 are exempt from the $20 turkey permit fee.

Will the spring turkey permit cover me for the fall turkey hunt as well?

Yes, this covers you for the fall and spring turkey seasons.

If I have a valid cross bow permit can I hunt a turkey with it?

Yes. A person hunting with a crossbow must possess either a valid big or small game firearms hunting license or an archery license as well as a turkey permit and crossbow permit.

How long does the beard on the turkey have to be to legally harvest the turkey?

There is no minimum beard length, the beard just has to be present.

What should I know about Avian Influenza?
Avian Influenza is a low risk to humans. No human case of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) has been detected in the United States. Turkeys are generally not impacted by HPAI, as wild birds that are impacted include waterfowl, gulls, hawks and eagles. Although there is a low risk of wild turkeys being infected, you should practice safe hygiene when hunting, harvesting, and processing wild turkey. Wash your clothes and boots after coming in from turkey hunting, and before walking around any backyard poultry. Clean your wild turkey thoroughly as well as any equipment used for processing. You will also want to cook your wild turkey thoroughly prior to eating.

These are just a few answers to frequently asked questions. Before hunting, it is your responsibility to review all hunting laws by visiting

Turkey hunting resources

Watch this 10-minute How to Turkey Hunt video. Watch a first-time hunter and experienced hunters go turkey hunting, learn tips and tricks, and more. Click here to watch now.

More information

Purchase a hunting license or permit online

2021-2022 Maine Wild Turkey Hunting Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Wild turkey hunting laws

2021-2022 Legal Hunting Hours (PDF)

Hunting with nonlead ammunition Hunting on private land

Deadline approaching! Enter the moose lottery today

Submit your moose permit lottery application today!

Applications for the moose permit lottery will be accepted online only

To apply online, go to and fill out the online moose permit application. There, you will be able to indicate several preferences, including which wildlife management districts (WMD) you are willing to accept a permit in, and if you would accept a permit in another WMD if your name is drawn and all of your top choices are filled. You will also be able to select your preferred hunting season, whether or not you would accept an antlerless permit, and your choice of a sub-permittee. You will also be asked if you want to apply for the Adaptive Unit Hunt (WMD 4A).

Applications must be completed by 11:59 pm (ET) on May 12, 2022.

The 2022 moose lottery permit drawing will take place June 11, 2022 in Jackman, Maine. Learn more about the drawing and one-day festival.

For more information about moose hunting in Maine and the moose permit lottery, please visit:

Have a question? Check out our frequently asked questions and answers. 

For DIY Moose Hunting Booking The TRO Lodge

We are located in the SW corner of WMD 11. The TRO Lodge is perfectly positioned to provide your moose base camp for WMD’s 10, 11, 18, 19

For Moose Lottery Permit Winners Seeking a Guided Hunt

These are the preferred WMD’s we recommend clients to apply for. Your Guide John has extensive experience in these zones and has successfully guided 3 for 3 Bull Moose Hunts in these areas. We’ll arrange lodging depending on the WMD you draw.

Big bull at a Tucker Ridge bear bait location

2022 State of Maine Sportsman’s Show is Back!

State of Maine Sportsman’s Show

Join John and the Wild Fox crew for the 2022 State of Maine Sportsman’s Show at the Augusta Civic Center in the state capitol! We’ll be in booth 46…

April 1st 1PM–8PM
April 2nd 9AM–7PM
April 3rd 9AM–4PM

Special show coupon for online checkout on the TRO website! Use code augusta2022 for 10% off all fishing trips, all charters this season!

The Maine Sportsman magazine, in partnership with Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM), will sponsor the 40th State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, Friday through Sunday, April 1 – 3, 2022 at the Augusta Civic Center. Click here for the show website!

John will be representing Tucker Ridge fishing & recreational opportunities for folks stopping by the Wild Fox Cabins & Campgrounds booth. Tucker Ridge & Wild Fox have a long-standing partnership that provides word-class fishing on pristine Junior Lake coupled with modern, lakeside lodging.

Wild Fox Cabins & Campground offers all the comforts of home while maintaining a rustic feel. You’ll be surrounded by the best
of the Maine outdoors. Hunt, sled, fish, boat, ATV, or just relax and watch the loons. Wild Fox is where your Maine memories begin!

2021 Maine Fishing Laws

Maine Fishing Law

The 2021 Maine Fishing Law Handbook is out! Grab your copy from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife here

Maine Animal Tracks

If you carry a smartphone during your adventures in the Maine woods, download this now. A great resource! #maineguide #guidelife

Get the Maine Animal Tracking Card (.pdf)

What’s for dinner?

These bears are even more anxious than I am to get the bait season started. They know where to come looking for the good stuff! We still have 4 spots available for this fall…
















Baskahegan Stream Trip 2018

Load out completed for a 3 day 2 night primitive Camping canoe trip on Baskahegan Stream. Open fire cooking, catching fish, enjoying the wilderness….that’s #MaineGuideLife

Down East Sunrise Trail (DEST) Closed until May 15 OR Further Notice

Effective Today 2/23/2018 – The Down East Sunrise Trail is closed until May 15 or further notice for mud season to all uses, except foot traffic is allowed. Closure signs have been posted at all paved road crossings and parking areas along the trail. In the event that we should get snow again it may reopen for winter uses such as snowmobiling, dog sledding and cross country skiing. Read More…

Committee to hunters: You don’t have the right to feed your family

I have three words for the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – shame on you. By bowing to anti-hunting activists and out of state interests, you have sold your own constituents down the river. And for what good cause?

LD 11, sponsored by State Representative Stephen Wood, proposed amending Maine’s constitution to establish the right to hunt and fish was recently before the committee for a vote.  The result was a split decision with ‘Ought Not to Pass’ gaining the majority vote. Read More…