DEC's announcement of Turkey Hunting Day -
Opens May 1
April 29, 2013
Your tax dollars at work: Westchester Turkey Hunting Opens May 1
The DEC's announcement of Turkey Hunting Day in
Westchester County and up, on May 1, appears below.
noxious directive the DEC, funded by your tax dollars, provides TO
TWELVE YEAR OLDS: 'Don't stalk! Set-up with your back against a large
tree and call birds to you.' Is this really the type of character
development we want to teach to our children?
There is also a section
for 12 yr olds to send pictures of what they've killed.
they use the word 'harvest' instead of 'kill,' to pretty up their
We don't hold disgusting events like 'squirrel hunts' in
Westchester; why are we allowing turkey killings?
were almost hunted to extinction, but have rebounded; like geese, they
mind their own business and love their babies. The flesh is largely
inedible; this is basically just for the thrill of the kill, as is most
These sources publish a lot of animal advocate letters:
THE JOURNAL NEWS: lohud.com, 250 wds or
less, include contact info for verification
NY DAILY NEWS: [email protected]
Shorter letters are more likely to be published
NY NEWSDAY: [email protected]
250 wds or less, include contact info
Contact info for the DEC is in
This is also yet more reason we should have a
humane liason in Westchester County; hunting accidents are a regular
occurrence - http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/accident-center.html -
why is Westchester County subjecting its residents and their companion
animals to such avoidable danger?
Kathleen O'Connor, Com, Parks, Rec, Conservation:
Peter Tartaglia, Director, Public Relations [email protected]
John Cerino, Assist. to County Executive [email protected]
Rob Astorino, County Executive [email protected]
John Baker, Director, Westchester County Parks and Conservation:
This 'youth hunt' DEC site has a picture of a child
proudly displaying a full-plumed dead turkey he killed:
This is a letter we
received from a bow hunter; the DEC announcement is below it:
may be young and may not be too mature but you people are scum. Why ruin
hundreds of year old traditions in families of bow hunters. Yes some
people do inhumanly take animals and I do believe they are in the wrong,
but banning bowhunting in a whole, or trying to, is wrong! Fact you may
think are facts are wrong in example; it taking a bow kill of a deer to
take more than 45 minutes in completely false, as long as it is a well
placed shot it will take no more than 1 minute to die!
do, the right way, is humane and in some cases, actually how we feed our
family like I do! I'm sure you won't buy I wish that you and all anti
hunters would mind their own business and I hope you know, you are
living as a result if your ancestors BOW HUNTING!
always for your amazing help for the animals
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From: New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM
Subject: Spring Turkey Season
Opens May 1
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This is a
reminder that the 2013 spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of
upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary.
Other Important Details for the Spring Turkey Season, May 1-31,
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
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
information about turkey hunting in New York, see the 2012-13 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 2012
spring turkey take, including a county-by-county breakdown, can be found
on the DEC website at
New York has an
extremely safety-conscious generation of hunters, largely due to the
annual efforts of more than 3,000 dedicated volunteer Sportsman
Education instructors. Even one incident is too many, so be sure to
follow the cardinal rules of hunting safety: (1) assume every gun is
loaded; (2) control the muzzle; (3) keep your finger off the trigger
until ready to shoot; (4) be absolutely sure of your target and what may
be beyond it; and (5) don't stalk! Set-up with your back against a large
tree and call birds to you. To find a sportsman education class in your
area, go to
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9191.html or call 1-888-HUNT-ED2
If you are a
spring turkey hunter, consider participating in the Ruffed Grouse
Drumming Survey! Turkey hunters in pursuit of that wary gobbler in the
spring are ideally suited for monitoring ruffed grouse during the
breeding season. The characteristic sound of a drumming male grouse is
as much a part of the spring woods as yelping hens and gobbling toms.
Turkey hunters can record the number of grouse they hear drumming while
afield to help DEC track the distribution and abundance of this game
To get a survey form, go to
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48169.html or call
in the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey or other wildlife surveys
visit the "Citizen Science" page of the DEC website,
Do you have photos
from a spring turkey hunt you would like to share? DEC has a Hunting and
Trapping Photo Gallery for junior hunters ages 12-15, young trappers
under age 16, and hunters who have harvested their first big or small
game animal. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a junior hunter,
or if you are an adult who would like to share your first successful
hunt, visit the photo gallery on the DEC website,
Good luck if you
go afield this spring, and be safe.
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