AUGUSTA, ME (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Turkey hunting is the newest sport season in Maine. The birds were reintroduced in the state in the 1980's and have proliferated.

In most of Maine, hunters may take two bearded birds (generally males) during a five week season.

North of Patten and Houlton, hunters have more limited opportunity. In an area around The Forks hunters may take just one tom.

About sixteen thousand hunters will participate. More than five thousand birds will be taken by shotgun or bow.

The state plans to begin a very limited test of a new reporting system during the fourth week of the season.

Five tagging stations will report biological data electronically to the state.

It is the beginning of an effort to do a better job tabulating biological information.

Currently, the 2017 turkey hunting statistics are not entirely tabulated.