Does Turkey Hunting Have To Go? You Betcha!

By Anne Muller

Here is my boy.

Two days before hunting started, this boy graced our property. His awesome dance around the two ladies seemed only to impress me, as the two girls nonchalantly continued to eat the birdseed. [If you would like to see a short video of the dance, please email me at]
When hunting started, the shots sounded as though they were next door, yet they were in some unspecified location.

I haven’t seen him since.

How is it possible to put a bullet or arrow into another living being? I will never understand the psychology behind it, and I don’t try. Rather we continue to expose what is an outrageous “sport” that is designed to keep the firearms industry in business. We continue to expose the hidden (yet easily ascertainable) business of hunting: a private industry that has become a part of a self-serving division of government that works for a tiny minority of the population that enjoys pumping bullets, shot and arrows into other living beings. Doesn’t this boy “belong” to me as much as to anyone? My photo does not take his life and deprive others, but their bullets do both. Yet legally he “belongs” to these brutal fools to do with him what they will.

I remember Luke Dommer saying that sport hunting would be in the “dustbin of history” within 30 years. That gives us 5 years to go! Though I must say that having crossed into a new millennium, and seeing the degree of hunting activity, the recruitment of women, the election of Trump (whose older son promises to increase hunting opportunity), I’m not sure we’ll meet that deadline. Though with your help, there’s a chance.

C.A.S.H. continues to expose the purpose of the game agencies who are the “towel boys” of the firearms industry. Their goal is to ensure the future of hunting by building up game populations to become living targets in order to sustain and increase the purchase of firearms, ammunition, and bows and arrows.

The intended victims of hunting are our wild animals, yet the impacts are far-reaching. There are the property owners who encounter trespass and intimidation, especially female property owners. Please search our website for “Kathy Andrews,” “Jan Haagensen,” and “Elizabeth O’Nan.” Those searches will take you to women who endure the nightmare of hunting, and suffer under the heavy hand of law enforcement agencies that turn on them to defend their “clients.”

Another victim of hunting is the environment. Hunters degrade the environment as they pump lead onto the land. See Joe Miele’s article in this issue that focuses on the indirect killing of our precious wildlife when the animals killed with lead ammunition become food for others. Those who ingest lead laden flesh later die prolonged and painful deaths. Read Hunting Kills, Then Kills Again….And Again…Yet, “The Great conservationists” Demand Lead Ammunition

Other victims are the orphaned animals whose parents were killed by hunters. These youngsters have to navigate a hazardous world without the guidance of more experienced adults. That’s not to mention the devastating emotional toll taken by losing a loved one.

Biodiversity suffers as well when game agencies focus on less than 1% of all species and show little concern for non-hunted species.

Then there is the pain that it causes citizens who actually care about the animals and take pleasure in seeing them enjoy life, as so many of us do. It’s no wonder that what follows is beyond shocking.

Turkey hunting started for youth on the weekend of April 22nd and will continue through the entire month of May. I haven’t seen my precious boy since hunting began!

The following is taken directly from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website.

Turkey Hunting Regulations – General Information

A turkey permit and a hunting license are required while hunting wild turkey.

• You may buy only one turkey permit per year.
• If you have filled your bag limit, you may call turkeys for another hunter, but you may not carry a bow or firearm.
• If you have taken a turkey which is unfit for consumption, authorized DEC staff may issue a special permit to take another. You will have to surrender the carcass. Call your local wildlife or law enforcement office.
Manner of Taking
• You must carry your hunting license and turkey permit while you hunt.
• You may hunt with a bow or crossbow.
• You may not hunt turkey with a crossbow in the fall in the Northern Zone if you are using dogs.
• You may hunt with a shotgun or handgun only when using shot no larger than #2 and no smaller than #8.
• You may use a muzzleloading shotgun.
• You may not take a turkey with a rifle, or with a handgun firing a bullet.
• You may not hunt with a dog during the spring season. You may hunt with a dog during the fall season.
• You may not use bait to hunt turkey.
• You may not use an electronic calling or amplifying device to locate or hunt turkeys during the open season.
• You may use decoys.
• A scope of any type is allowed.

Spring Turkey Season

• In the spring you may take two bearded birds. You may only take one bird per day.
• Immediately after taking a turkey, fill out the carcass tag and attach it to the bird.
• You do not need to save and send in turkey legs in the spring. You do need to take careful spur, beard, and weight measurements for reporting.
• Spur measurements: spurs should be measured from the tip of the spur to the base of the spur, where it emerges from the scaly part of the leg. Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch. Do not measure to the forward edge of the leg, only to the base of the spur.
• Beard Measurements: beards should be measured from the tip of the beard to the base, where it emerges from the skin. Butt the end of your ruler against the base of the beard and extend the beard along the body of the ruler. Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch.
• Record the weight to the nearest pound.

Just Google “youth turkey hunting” for any number of disturbing photos such as this one.


Merle Wilson sent C.A.S.H. a promising article published in the Waterloo Courier 8/28/16: It’s titled: ”Witnessing the Slow Decline of Hunting in Iowa” by Jon Alexander (an avid hunter).

The key points are these:

• Hunting licenses plunged 20% in 10 years.
• 45,000 out-of-state hunters came to Iowa in 2005, but less than 13,000 purchased licenses this year.
• Nationally, 13.7 million licenses were sold last year, down from over 40 million in the mid 70s.


Of course, Alexander’s final paragraph denies that hunters are blood thirsty killers and claims they are most interested in “preserving nature” [though likely in a museum].



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