Spring turkey season opens May 1; youth hunt this weekend
The 2014 spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary.
The annual youth turkey hunting weekend is April 26 and 27, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced in a press release this week. The youth turkey hunt is open in all of upstate New York and Suffolk County.
For the youth turkey hunt: hunters 12-15 years of age are eligible and must hold a hunting license and a turkey permit; youth 12-13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult over 21 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian; youth 14-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult over 18 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian; and the accompanying adult must have a current hunting license and turkey permit.
For the spring turkey season: hunting is permitted in most areas of the state, except for New York City and Long Island; hunters must have a turkey hunting permit in addition to their small game hunting or sportsman license (if purchased before Feb. 1) or hunting license (if purchased after Feb. 1); and successful hunters must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird. Call 1-866-426-3778 or report harvest online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8316.html.
I Love My Park Day activities set for May 3 at Point au Roche
POINT AU ROCHE — Point au Roche State Park will host I Love My Park Day events Saturday, May 3, at the park’s Nature Center, 19 Camp Red Cloud Road, Plattsburgh.
The day begins at 8 a.m. with birding with Judy Heintz (all experience levels welcome). A 5K Trail Run (Gerry and Mary Duprey, organizers) is planned for 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by a beaver dam walk with Alice Sample (children and parents), birds and mammals program (activities for children) lead by Danielle Garneau and Jake Straub at 11 a.m., and volunteer projects lead by Ken Showalter at noon.