Can you help the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation record the turkeys in your area? The documentation of wild turkeys in New York state is a vital part of understanding how the turkey population is doing in our area.
Wild turkey hunting season began this week and runs through May 30th. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing some changes that may make hunting the feathered species more challenging. There are more than a few hunters already concerned with by the scarcity of the wild prize. The NYDEC wants to hear from those anxious hunters by June 5th.
You may be seeing more and more coyotes in neighborhoods and wooded areas across the Capital Region. Even though their mating season doesn't begin until February and runs through March, they are hunters and are looking for food now.
New York State deer hunting season in the Northern Zone, of which we belong in the Capital Region, began the second week of September and will run through the end of January. According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the 2020 deer harvest was more than 253,000 white tail deer, a 13% increase over 2019. Those are exciting numbers for the field sports community. Hunters and guides have been scouting the woods since the summer months, planning for their big game opportunities and maybe a shot at that deer of a lifetime.