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NY spring turkey season opens May 1, youth day April 21-22

From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

-- The spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, with Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend April 21 and 22, open in all of upstate New York and Suffolk County.

For the youth hunt, eligible hunters are 12 to 15 years of age and must hold a junior hunting license and a turkey permit.

Youth 12 to 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 to 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 one-half hour before sunrise until noon. 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 two bearded birds. A second bird may be taken only in upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, beginning May 1.

All other wild turkey hunting regulations are in effect.

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 two bearded turkeys during the spring season, but only one 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 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8316.html.

For more information about turkey hunting in New York, see the 2011-12 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit the Turkey Hunting” pages of the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html.

An analysis of the 2011 spring turkey take, including a county-by-county breakdown, can be found on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30420.html.

Take figures for the 2011 fall turkey season and county-by-county breakdown can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30412.html.

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