Outdoor Journal: Getting set to turkey hunt in favorite spot

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Categories: -The Daily Gazette, Sports

I am anxiously awaiting Saturday for the opening of my favorite turkey hunting area (5R), and I have until Oct. 30 to get one.

I actually have seen a dozen across the road from where I will be hunting, and my job will be to get one or more across the road and into my woods.

Just as a reminder, you are only allowed to shoot only one bird (tom or hen). I only shoot toms, but I know you can’t eat the beard.

In the fall, I have had the best luck using a few turkey decoys and calling with clucks and kee-kees. The turkey where I hunt has an area between 250-400 acres of woods, fields where they have scratching areas for feeding. Also, if you can put them to sleep (find out where they roost), get in there early and set up but not too close. And this is very important, wear your camo head to toe.

EXPENSIVE TURKEY DINNER

Back in early May, ECO Roberta Schneider responded to a call for assistance from the Mamaroneck Police for reports of a turkey shot from the roadway at 7 p.m. and was given the license plate number.

The following day, the case was turned over to ECO Craig Tompkins in Westchester County. The ECO interviewed nearby residents and reviewed a video from a homeowner’s surveillance cameras. The ECO tracked down the owner of the van, Mark Luceno of Mamaroneck, who gave a full confession describing how he shot the turkey. He was issued six tickets for illegally taking protected wildlife, taking a turkey after closed hours, use of a motor vehicle, discharging a bow from across a public highway, discharging a bow within 150 feet of a dwelling and failure to tag a turkey as required by law.

Luceno agreed to civil penalties in court and paid a $500 penalty. It took a while, but they got him.

BENEFIT AUCTION

The Talk of The Town is holding a Benefit Sportsman’s Auction to benefit New York State 4-H Shooting Sports on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Carousel Village, 2100 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50) in Ballston Spa. The auction will feature sportsman related items, including 42 guns and a large variety of other sportsmen things.

For more details, call 518-884-0772. You can preview the auction items at 9:30 a.m. up until the auction begins.

TAKE, TAG, REPORT IT!

DEC reminds hunters of the importance of reporting their harvest. It is critical to wildlife management, and hunters are required by law to report their harvest of deer, bear, and turkey within seven days of taking the animal.

You can report your harvest online through the Decals website, or by phone at 866-426-3778. You may also report via DEC’s HuntFishNY mobile app. Through this mobile app, hunters, anglers, and trappers can access an electronic version of their licenses and privileges, and report the harvest of deer, bear, and turkey immediately while afield on their mobile device. New users of the HuntFishNY App need to download the latest version and use the new login created through the new Decals licensing system.

While hunters may still use the phone report system, the online and mobile systems are faster, more convenient, and easier for hunters to accurately enter information.

Hunters are also reminded that they can help feed the hungry by making a monetary contribution to the Venison Donation Program at any license-issuing outlet. License buyers should inform the sales agent if they are interested in donating $1 or more to support the program.

Since 1999, these funds have been used by the Venison Donation Coalition to process more than 6,700 tons of highly nutritious venison, the equivalent of 5.3 million meals served.

For more information, visit http://venisondonation.com/.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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