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New York spring turkey season up 7 percent

From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation

-- May 31 marked the closing of this year's spring hunting season for wild turkey. On average, over 100,000 hunters take about 30,000 birds each spring in New York. This season, preliminary results from reported harvest show that New York’s  overall harvest was up about 7 percent, and the youth hunt harvest was up about 5 percent from last spring.

The increase in the overall reported harvest is likely because the regular season opening on a weekend (reported take on opening day was 30% higher than last year), rather than more gobblers on the landscape.

Good weather and approved awareness of the two-day youth hunting season likely played a role in having an increase in youth hunt harvest. Final harvest and population data results will be released later this summer.

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