The Department of Environmental Conservation is predicting a banner season for turkey hunting.  The season opens May 1, here's everything you need to know.

The DEC says mild winters the last couple of years has the New York turkey population at it's peak.  It's expected this year's harvest will best the 2016 numbers of more than 18 thousand birds.  In fact, it's expected to be the 5 year average of 20-thousand.

Turkey hunting is legal in most all of the state with NY City and Long Island being the exception.  In addition to a hunting license, you'll also need a turkey permit.  Hours are one half hour before sunrise until noon each day.  Some other things to know:

  • While you can take two bearded turkeys, the limit is one per day
  • Only shotguns, handguns, bows or cross bows are allowed
  • Ammo regulations require shot size no larger than #2 and no smaller than #8
  • If you bag a turkey, immediately attach the tag that came with your permit
  • Kills must be reported within seven days at 866-426-3778 or online

Watch some turkey hunting tips and learn about the Junior Hunting program in the video below or visit the "Turkey Hunting" pages at DEC's website.

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