May 1st brings the start of turkey hunting season in New York State. As hunters head for the woods to find their birds, this turkey showed up on the the doorstep!

Dan Chiacchia is on the show with us on Tuesday mornings and sent me this photo of a wild turkey that strutted it's way to his office on South Park Avenue in the Town of Hamburg.

Turkey at Chia Chia's
Turkey at Chia Chia's

Turkey season is open through the end of May in our area and, like other hunting seasons, their are some specific regulations that need to be followed. Hunters are only allowed to be in the woods after these allusive birds before noon. The theory is that hens may be on the nest after noon and by getting hunters out of the woods, the nesting won't be disturbed.

Spring Turkey Season

  • In the spring you may take two bearded birds. You may only take one bird per day.
  • Immediately after taking a turkey, fill out the carcass tag and attach it to the bird.
  • You do not need to save and send in turkey legs in the spring. You do need to take careful spur, beard, and weight measurements for reporting.
  • Spur measurements: spurs should be measured from the tip of the spur to the base of the spur, where it emerges from the scaly part of the leg. Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch. Do not measure to the forward edge of the leg, only to the base of the spur.
  • Beard Measurements: beards should be measured from the tip of the beard to the base, where it emerges from the skin. Butt the end of your ruler against the base of the beard and extend the beard along the body of the ruler. Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch.
  • Record the weight to the nearest pound.



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