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P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
DEC's announcement of Turkey Hunting Day - Opens May 1
Your tax dollars at work: Westchester Turkey Hunting Opens
The DEC's announcement of Turkey Hunting Day in Westchester
County and up, on May 1, appears below.
Note the 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
There is also a section for 12 yr olds to send pictures of
what they've killed.
Also note they use the word 'harvest' instead of
'kill,' to pretty up their actions.
We don't hold disgusting events like
'squirrel hunts' in Westchester; why are we allowing turkey killings?
These birds 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
These sources publish a lot of animal advocate letters:
THE JOURNAL NEWS: lohud.com, 250 wds or less, include contact info for
NY DAILY NEWS: email@example.com Shorter
letters are more likely to be published
LETTERS@NEWSDAY.COM 250 wds or less, include contact info
info for the DEC is in the 'alert.'
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,
Peter Tartaglia, Director,
Public Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
John Cerino, Assist. to
County Executive JCerino@westchestergov.com
Rob Astorino, County
John Baker, Director, Westchester
County Parks and Conservation: email@example.com
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
I 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!
What hunters 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!
Thanks as always for your amazing help for the
Forwarded message ----------
From: New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
Other Important Details for the Spring Turkey Season, May
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.
hunters must fill out the tag which comes with their turkey permit and
immediately attach it to any turkey harvested.
must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird. Call
1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT) or report harvest online at
For more 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 http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30420.html.
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 bird.
To get a survey form, go to
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48169.html or call (518) 402-8886.
participate 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, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/54055.html.
luck if you go afield this spring, and be safe.
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