For all you hunters out there, you know that when spring comes, so too does turkey season. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced this year’s turkey season will begin on May 1st and continue until the end of the month. They are also predicting it will be a more prosperous one than in years’ past.
On May 1, the month-long turkey season will commence for all of upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary. Shooting hours are restricted to the morning, which starts a half hour before sunrise to noon each day.
Throughout the season, a maximum of two bearded turkeys can be kept, and only one turkey may be taken per day. Licensed turkey hunters may only use a shotgun or handgun with shot sizes between No. 1 and No. 8, or a bow or crossbow. Any turkeys that are caught must be tagged and reported within seven days to the DEC online or by phone at 1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT).
The mild winter and improved reproductive success for turkeys in 2015 have hunters’ expectations set high that this spring’s turkey season will be more prosperous than in previous years. So, purchase your licenses (if you haven’t already!) and get ready for an exciting month. Happy hunting!
- DEC – DEC Announces Opening of Spring Turkey Season on May 1st