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The youth weekend allows junior hunters ages 12-15 to hunt with an adult mentor who is allowed to call but not carry a firearm. The bag limit is one bearded bird, which counts toward the youth's regular season bag limit of two bearded birds. A second bird may be taken beginning May 1.

The regular spring season opens May 1 and continues until May 31. Shooting hours are from one half-hour before sunrise to noon and hunters with a valid turkey permit can take two bearded birds.

Successful hunters are required to report their harvest within 48 hours of taking a bird. Call 1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT) or report harvest on-line, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8316.html.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can very rarely be reached this time of year - you're better off looking for him several miles back or sending up a flare.

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