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For Release: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Long Island's Third Annual Fall Turkey Hunting Season

Five Day Hunting Season Begins Nov. 19

Long Island's 3rd annual fall turkey hunting season will open at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 19 and close at sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 23, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region One Director Peter A. Scully announced today.

"The Region is extremely excited to be able to offer a fall turkey hunting season for the third consecutive year here on Long Island," Regional Director Scully said. "The fall turkey hunt has proven to be a great success in the area, allowing DEC to not only continue offering the seasons, but to even add a spring youth turkey hunt. DEC staff will continue to monitor turkey populations to ensure the continuance of these seasons for future generations."

  1. Limited 5-day fall hunting season beginning on the third Saturday in November (11/19/11 - 11/23/11);
  2. Season limit of one bird of either sex;
  3. The use of either archery equipment or shotgun;
  4. Shooting hours: sunrise to sunset;
  5. All participants must carry a valid turkey permit and tag (available wherever hunting licenses are sold);
  6. Other general hunting regulations are the same as for other small game hunting on Long Island and for fall turkey hunting elsewhere in New York State. Visit the DEC website for further details.

Background on Long Island Turkey:

Long Island's wild turkey population is a relatively recent phenomenon. Populations of wild turkey on Long Island disappeared in the late 19th century due to a reduction in forest habitat, as these environments were cleared for colonial farms and firewood. In the early 1990s, DEC trapped approximately 75 wild turkeys in upstate New York and released those birds at three locations in Suffolk County. The Long Island population is now estimated at more than 3,000 birds and growing.

Wild turkeys are becoming a common sight at many locations in Suffolk County. Their population has reached a level that, in some locations, nuisance permits have to be issued in order to control the amount of damage the birds are causing.

Successful hunters are strongly encouraged to bring harvested birds to the Ridge Hunter Check Station so DEC staff can record biological data to help evaluate the season. Visiting the check station is not mandatory, but all birds harvested must be reported within 48 hours by phone (1-866-426-3778) or via the internet (game harvest reporting).

Public hunting opportunities for turkey on Long Island include the following DEC Managed Lands in Suffolk County:

  • Otis Pike Preserve
  • Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area
  • Westhampton Management Area
  • West Tiana
  • Barcelona Neck
  • Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve

East Hampton and Southold Town owned properties are to be open for turkey hunting but may have residency requirements. Town lands in Brookhaven, Shelter Island and Southampton will not be open to hunting.

Suffolk County Parks and New York State Parks (East Hampton Cooperative Area) will not be issuing turkey hunting permits at this time.

For more information on hunting seasons and regulations, please visit the DEC website. For tips and further details on regulations on turkey hunting, contact DEC regional wildlife office at (631) 444-0310.

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