West Valley Man Tries To Shoot Turtle
What is wrong with some people? John Kiouses of West Valley was recently arrested in Ellicottville for taking small game out of season. He admitted trying to shoot a turtle. What the hell was he thinking? Details have yet to emerge, but I am wondering if alcohol was involved? I can understand if he was hungry but there’s not too much meat on a turtle. WKBW.com has more details on this strange but true story from Ellicottville.
Here is what I found on the New York State Department of Conservation website “The only turtle species for which there is an open hunting season are the snapping turtle and the diamondback terrapin. You may not harvest, take, or possess any other turtle species at any time”
Turtles – The only turtle species for which there is an open hunting season are the snapping turtle and the diamondback terrapin. You may not harvest, take, or possess any other turtle species at any time.
- Snapping Turtle: A small game hunting license is required to take snapping turtles. The only legal implement for taking snapping turtles is a firearm or a bow.
- Open season for snapping turtles is July 15 through September 30 and the season is open statewide. Hunting hours are any time of the day or night.
- The snapping turtle’s upper shell (carapace) must measure 12 inches or longer in length.
- The bag limit for snapping turtles is 5/day or 30/season.
- Diamondback Terrapin: A valid diamondback terrapin license is required to take diamondback terrapin. Application for, and purchase of, a diamondback terrapin license must be made by mail or in person at NYSDEC, SUNY Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409.
- Open Season for diamondback terrapin is August 1 through April 30 and the open area is all of Long Island, New York City, and the lower Hudson River north to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Hunting Hours are any time of the day or night.
- The diamondback terrapin’s upper shell (carapace) must measure at least 4 inches, but may not be greater than 7 inches in length.
- There is no daily or season bag limit for diamondback terrapin.
- Diamondback terrapin may only be taken using dip nets, hand capture, seine nets, and traps. The traps must be capable of capturing diamondback terrapin alive, and the trap must be marked with a tag bearing the name and address of the licensee and must be checked daily.
- Possession of a diamondback terrapin on the waters or shores of New York State during the closed season is prohibited. Diamondback terrapin legally taken during the open season may be sold throughout the year only if they were killed and processed for consumption prior to May 5.