It’s Turkey Time!

Posted by admin On April - 29 - 2011

For those of you who have been waiting all winter for gobbler season, the wait is officially over. April showers bring May flowers, but the start of May brings gobbler season throughout the Northeast.

Hunting for turkey in Connecticut has already begun and will run through May 28, while Vermont’s season starts May 1. In Maine, the season will run May 2 through June 4 while Rhode Island’s season started already and runs until May 24. In Massachusetts, the season has started and will run through May 21.

This is definitely a time of year to be excited about, but all of the fish and game departments, as well as the folks here at Northeast Hunting, want to remind all of the hunters out there that this is also the time of year to be extra careful. Accidents in the woods can often be deadly and once you pull that trigger you can’t take it back.

Some safety precautions to keep in mind are:

  1. Become familiar with a few areas to hunt, that way if there is already a hunter in one of your scouted areas, you can simply move on to another.
  2. If, per chance, you do encounter another hunter in the woods, remain still and announce yourself and your location with a loud, clear voice.
  3. Never, ever use blue, white or red in your hunting clothing choices. All of these colors are quickly associated with a turkey’s head and can be easily mistaken in the heat of the moment.
  4. Always make sure you are aware of what you are shooting at, as well as what is beyond its position.
  5. Use your common sense and patience. Don’t rush a shot, make sure you clearly see your target and be mindful of others while in the woods.

Hunting season provides plenty for outdoors enthusiasts to be excited about, but be sure you are aware of your local laws and regulations. Some places require hunters to have a private land owner’s written permission—on state farms—to hunt there, while others have regulations regarding hours of hunting, number and type of birds that can be taken and other rules like safety stickers on your gun and more.

Check with your department of fish and game if you’re unsure of the laws in the area you expect to hunt.

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