New York Turkey Season Opens May 1

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis reminded prospective turkey hunters that the 2008 spring season opens for all hunters on May 1, and the special Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend will take place April 26-27.

"Spring turkey season is one of the most popular hunting activities in New York, and I'm certain that hunters are already feeling a great sense of anticipation," Grannis said. "DEC has embarked on several new initiatives in support of sound, scientific management of our wild turkey resource and we are pleased to report on some of those efforts as hunters look forward to another season in pursuit of this outstanding game bird."

It was another exciting year for wild turkey management and research in New York State. In 2007, DEC staff continued with the winter flock survey and a banding study designed to assess turkey survival and harvest rates. The spring 2007 season saw the second straight year of increased harvest, followed by an above-average nesting season where warm, relatively dry weather positively impacted nest success. The good production years during summer 2005 and 2007 combined to produce an exciting fall hunting season with an abundance of both juvenile and adult birds in the field.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today reminded prospective turkey hunters that the 2008 spring season opens for all hunters on May 1, and the special Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend will take place April 26-27.

"Spring turkey season is one of the most popular hunting activities in New York, and I'm certain that hunters are already feeling a great sense of anticipation," Grannis said. "DEC has embarked on several new initiatives in support of sound, scientific management of our wild turkey resource and we are pleased to report on some of those efforts as hunters look forward to another season in pursuit of this outstanding game bird."

It was another exciting year for wild turkey management and research in New York State. In 2007, DEC staff continued with the winter flock survey and a banding study designed to assess turkey survival and harvest rates. The spring 2007 season saw the second straight year of increased harvest, followed by an above-average nesting season where warm, relatively dry weather positively impacted nest success. The good production years during summer 2005 and 2007 combined to produce an exciting fall hunting season with an abundance of both juvenile and adult birds in the field.