Outdoor Journal: Coming up short on turkey hunt

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Last week while still in Florida, I made my daily alligator visit to the little pond not far from my place.

Out came five fully grown bearded turkeys, three of which were toms. I had my shotgun, and ammo. I got them out of the car and made my way over to where they entered the woods, and I tried to sneak up on them. I headed into the woods and began slowly walking in, calling and stopping for five to 10 minutes. There was no answer, and I continued for a half-hour or so, and the hunt was over.

I’ll be back next year. 

ANNUAL YOUTH TURKEY HUNT

Next Saturday will be the 13th annual youth turkey hunt. All youth ages 12-15 with a valid hunting license and a licensed adult caller are welcome to participate.

Hunt at your own location. Turkeys will be weighed from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Auriemma Residence, located at 197 Truax Road in Amsterdam. There is no entry fee. All youth present will receive door prizes. Awards for all turkeys weighed in.

Free food and beverages are available to all youth and their families. Call Mike Auriemma (518-669-0460) or Dick Andrews (518-843-9086 or 518-461-2912) with any questions. Sign up by next Thursday. If a licensed youth wants to hunt and needs a caller, please let them know ASAP so they can make arrangements.

PROPOSED TURKEY HUNTING REGULATIONS

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced proposed changes to wild turkey hunting regulations, giving hunters additional turkey hunting opportunities. The proposal, if enacted, would not be in place until later this year, and among other changes, establishes a spring turkey season in Suffolk County in 2023, with a season limit of one bearded bird.

“Wild turkey restoration is one of the greatest success stories of modern wildlife conservation,” Seggos said in a press release. “DEC’s management and protection of wild turkeys has allowed the birds to maintain self-sustaining populations in all suitable habitats of the state.

“This regulation change would expand hunting downstate, ensuring New York remains a premiere destination for turkey hunters in the Northeast.”

In addition, another proposal scheduled to take effect this fall, would change the minimum shot size from eight to nine for turkey hunting statewide, to account for advances in shotshell technology. Previously, shot sizes smaller than eight were prohibited because they lacked the kinetic energy downrange to humanely harvest a turkey. Recent advances in shotshell technology use heavier metals such as tungsten alloy or bismuth. These heavier shot types, sometimes referred to as “TSS,” maintain enough energy to humanely harvest a turkey. In terms of kinetic energy, No. 9 tungsten can have the same weight as No. 5 lead shot and achieve a higher pellet count.

DEC welcomes public comment on these proposals through June 5. Email comments to [email protected] with Proposed Turkey Regulations in the subject line. For more information, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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