Turkey hunting season begins across New York State

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Turkey hunting season has started across the State of New York. The sport is permitted in most areas of New York, excluding New York City and Long Island.

Hunters must have a specific turkey hunting permit in addition to a hunting license.

Only one bird can be hunted per day, in addition to other regulations according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, including:

  • You may hunt with a bow or crossbow, but you may not hunt turkey with a crossbow in the fall in the Northern Zone if you are using dogs. A crossbow may not be used in Westchester or Suffolk counties.
  • You may hunt with a shotgun or handgun when using shot no larger than #2 and no smaller than #8
  • You may not take a turkey with a rifle, or a handgun firing a bullet.
  • You must fill out the tag which comes with your permit and attach it to any turkey you shoot immediately.

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