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NY DEC Announces Start of Spring Turkey Season – Youth Hunting Begins Saturday

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the upcoming start of the Youth Turkey Hunting Season. The DEC says it will take place this Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st, for hunters ages 12 to 15.


The DEC reminds all hunters the regular Spring turkey season will open in Upstate New York on May 1st for all licensed turkey hunters.

“Youth turkey hunting season provides an excellent opportunity for experienced adults to mentor young hunters to promote safe and ethical hunting practices, while enjoying time together outdoors and connecting with nature.”

DEC Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar said.

In order to participate in youth hunting, the DEC says both the youth hunter and their adult mentor must have a valid hunting license and turkey permit. Each youth hunter is allowed to harvest one bearded bird during the weekend hunt.

More information on the youth hunt may be found at the DEC website, HERE.

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