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NY youth turkey hunting weekend April 24-25; season opens May 1

From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation

-- New York ‘s 2010 spring turkey season opens May 1 with the annual youth turkey hunting weekend April 24 and 25 in all of upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary.

Eligible youth  hunters are 12 to 15 years of age and hold a junior hunting license and a turkey permit. Youth 13 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or a relative over 21 and have written permission from their parent or legal guardian. Youth ages 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or an adult over 18 and 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 bag limit for the youth weekend is one bearded bird. This bird becomes part of the youth's regular season bag limit of 2 bearded birds. A second bird may be taken beginning May 1. All other wild turkey hunting regulations are in effect.

Spring turkey season is  from May 1 to 31. 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 also report their harvest within 48 hours of taking a bird by calling (866) 426-3778  or they can report harvest online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8316

Hunters who take a bird with a leg band are encouraged to call the 800 number listed on the band, in addition to reporting their harvest via phone or internet. Hunters will find out when and where the bird was banded and the information will help DEC staff better manage wild turkeys.

For more information about turkey hunting in New York, see the 2009-10 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit the Turkey Hunting pages of the DEC website, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html.

There are also links from this page to detailed reports on the spring and an analysis of the 2009 spring turkey take, including a county by county breakdown, at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30420.html . Figures for the 2009 fall turkey season and county by county breakdown can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30412.html

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