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Hunting in New York: 5 Animals to Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 01:19 AM

Hunting in New York is mostly encouraged in the fall and winter months with very little open to game in the spring and nothing in the summer outside of unprotected species. However, there are a couple of good targets in the spring if that is when the hunting seems best for you. The biggest game in the spring months is the wild turkey, which is a huge event every year.

On top of the turkeys, hunting in New York includes some winter seasons that actually stretches into the start of spring. While the choices are sparse, here is a look at some animals that are legal to hunt in New York in the spring.

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1. Wild Turkeys


The biggest hunting in spring is for wild turkey. This takes place during the month of May, with a limit to two bearded birds per season, but just one per day. Also, before the wild turkey season opens for game hunters in New York, there is a two-day Youth Hunt, where kids head out with the goal of taking one bearded bird on their hunts. Once a turkey is taken, hunters must report it by calling the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) within seven days. Hunting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

2. Snow Geese

While mostly a fall and winter hunting target, snow geese season starts in October but goes all the way to the middle of April, just after the break of spring. With so little to hunt in the springtime months, this is a nice addition, if just for one month of the season. There is a daily limit of 25 snow geese per hunter.

3. Crows

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Another bird that has its hunting season stretch into the start of spring is the crow. Crow season starts in September each year, but runs to the end of March. It is important for people who take part in falconry to understand that the common crow can only be taken in open firearms season, while other waterfowl can be taken outside of this particular season under federal guidelines.

4. Coyotes

Coyote season also stretches from October through the end of March, giving hunters a small window in the spring to hunt the species. The timeframe for hunting coyote is open to any hour, day or night, until the season ends.

5. Nonprotected Species

Finally, there is also the chance to hunt nonprotected species year round, which includes spring, according to the DEC. Included in this batch of animals are porcupines, red squirrels, woodchucks, English sparrows, starlings, rock pigeons, and monk parakeets.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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