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Spring Turkey Season Starts May 1st

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Albany, NY (WIBX) – With more than 100,000 hunters taking part in this year’s spring turkey season, the Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding prospective hunters of a few rules.

According to the group, turkey season begins May 1st runs until the end of the month. Hunters are allowed two bearded turkeys during the season, but only one per day.

Eligible hunters must have a turkey hunting permit plus their small game license, and are allowed to shoot from a half hour before sunrise, until noon.

Hunters may hunt with a shotgun of handgun, but only if it’s loaded with shot sizes smaller than No. 2, but bigger than No. 8. Bow and arrow is also acceptable.

In addition to the regular season, young hunters may take part in the annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend. Hunters must be between 12 and 15 years old and accompanied by an adult with a current hunting license and turkey permit.

All of upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, is open for hunting.

For more information, see the 2011-2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations guide, or click here.

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