Wednesday May 1st is the day turkey season begins in New York State.

Have you been seeing any turkeys in your areas lately? The numbers are definitely on the rise. It has been a few years since we have seen the turkey population gaining strength.

According to the NYS DEC:

Turkey hunters took an estimated 19,000 birds in New York during last year's spring season. Of this number, an estimated 2,000 birds were taken by approximately 5,400 junior hunters during last year's two-day, youth-only hunt. Poor turkey reproductive success in summer 2017 may mean that hunters see fewer adult gobblers this spring compared to last year, but this may be offset by opportunities for jakes resulting from improved reproductive success in 2018 and good overwinter survival.

Hunters only have until noon each day in May to take a male bird.