JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Saturday marks the official start to turkey hunting season in the state of New York. The season lasts from May 1 until May 31.
Before getting into the tree stand or blind, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation wants to remind hunters to make sure they are registered and have their turkey permits.
Each hunter will be allowed to harvest two bearded turkeys, yet, only one per day. About 90,000 hunters have already received their permit
Hunting hours will be restricted to right before sunrise until noontime. The DEC is prohibiting hunting during the afternoon hours because this is when hens are most active and they do not want to disrupt the mating process.
Safety is always a top priority according to Michael Schiavone, a Wildlife Biologist at the DEC. He continues to warn hunters to be aware of your target and what is beyond your target, along with always keeping the finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. As long as hunters follow those safety rules, everyone will have a positive experience.
More information on turkey hunting season is available at the DEC website.