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Long Island Turkey Hunt Starts Saturday

Want to bag your own bird for Thanksgiving? The Long Island turkey hunting season runs from Saturday to next Wednesday.

This April 15, 2003, photo provided by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife shows two turkeys in a field on a Franklin County, Ky., farm. Kentucky has a turkey flock of approximately 230,000 birds; turkey hunting is the fastest growing type of hunting in the state. The spring turkey hunt generated more than $440 million in spending in the state, according to estimates from the department. Overall, hunting, fishing and wildlife watching are expected to have an economic impact of $3.2billion in the state, officials said. (AP Photo, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife).

Wild turkies. (AP Photo)

People with turkey permits may bag one bird apiece on Suffolk County properties where hunting is allowed.


Thanks to state reintroduction efforts, an estimated 3,000 wild turkeys now roam the area.

Maria Pollatos of Muttontown said a flock chased her 3-year-old son.

Experts say turkeys are generally peaceful. But the males may aggressively defend their territory, especially in mating season. They may see their reflection on a window or a shiny car and think it’s a rival.

Farmers and residents have complained about property damage. State biologists say turkeys were blamed for ravaged vineyards — but racoons and smaller birds were the real culprits. 

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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