Another hard winter having drawn to a close, May 1 brings the start of spring turkey season for New York's sportsmen and women. And as I head to work, a rain/sleet mix is falling in Queensbury, and our police scanner is alive with a call for a car-turkey accident in Lake Luzerne.
That's not exactly the way we want the season to start, as this cold, dreary weather pattern is not good for gobblers that are getting ready to mate and are trying to catch up on their calories after a tough winter.
It seems like the region's wild turkey flock survived winter okay, as I have seen some decent numbers while out and about over the past few weeks. The youth hunt two weekends ago led to some nice success for budding hunters in our region.
Still, the state Department of Environmental Conservation believes the last two springs have not been great for turkey reproduction, so overall numbers aren't as good as they were a few years ago.
Most hunters target two-year-old birds, and 2017 was deemed a particularly bad year for turkey breeding because of cool, wet weather.
The spring season runs through May 31, so there is plenty of time for the weather pattern to change. (From pictures I have seen Wednesday morning, it looks like it was a good start to the season for number of local hunters. I saw three posts on Facebook from hunter buddies who had opening day success.)
-- Don Lehman