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Spring turkey season coming


April 19, 2011

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminds hunters that the 2011 spring turkey season opens on May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, and that the annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is set for April 23-24.

The youth turkey hunt is open in all of upstate New York and for the first time ever, will be open in Suffolk County.
"Turkey hunting remains a very popular activity with over 100,000 turkey hunters taking to the field each spring in pursuit of this exciting game bird," Commissioner Martens said.

"Since 2004, we have also offered a special opportunity for junior hunters, and are pleased to be able to expand this prospect to junior hunters in the New York metro area. The Youth Turkey Hunt is an excellent chance for young hunters to spend time afield with experienced adult hunters to learn about conservation first-hand, gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of New York's hunting community."

(In Pennsylvania, the spring turkey seasons runs from April 30 through May 31, 2011. Click here http://archery.biz/spring-turkey/pennsylvania.shtml for details.)


Important Details for the Youth Turkey Hunt on April 23 and 24:

• Eligible hunters are 12-15 years of age, holding a junior hunting license and a turkey permit.

• Youth 12-13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult over 21 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian. Youth 14-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult over 18 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian.

• The accompanying adult must have a current hunting license and turkey permit. The adult may assist the youth hunter (including calling), but may not carry a firearm or bow, or kill or attempt to kill a wild turkey during the youth hunt.

• Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day.

• The youth turkey hunt is open in all of upstate New York (north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary) and Suffolk County.

• The bag limit for the youth weekend is one bearded bird. This bird becomes part of the youth's regular Spring season bag limit of 2 bearded birds. A second bird may be taken in upstate New York (north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary) beginning May 1.

• All other wild turkey hunting regulations are in effect.

Other Important Details for the Spring Turkey Season, May1-31, 2011:

• Hunting is permitted in most areas of the state, except for New York City and Long Island.

• Hunters must have a turkey hunting permit in addition to their small game hunting or sportsman license.

• Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day.

• Hunters may take 2 bearded turkeys during the spring season, but only 1 bird per day.

• Hunters may not use rifles, or handguns firing a bullet. Hunters may hunt with a shotgun or handgun loaded with shot sizes no larger than No. 2 or smaller than No. 8, or with a bow and arrow.

• Successful hunters must fill out the tag which comes with their turkey permit and immediately attach it to any turkey harvested.

• Successful hunters must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird. Call 1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT) or report harvest online, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8316.html.