The Genesee Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announce spring turkey hunting in Letchworth State Park. The permit system is designed to improve the quality of spring turkey hunting by distributing hunting activity. Environmental Conservation Law regulations apply to all spring turkey hunting in the park.
Turkey Hunting Areas/Seasons
Junior Permits: Open April 25 & 26 ONLY for ages 12-15. The Junior Hunter must have a hunting license plus a park permit and must be accompanied by a licensed parent/guardian OR a licensed adult 21 years of older with written consent of a parent/guardian. The Junior Hunter permits are NOT included in the lottery. One bearded turkey allowed per Junior Hunter. Permit applications are available at www.nysparks.com.
Letchworth, East Side: This section of the park will be open from May 1-May 31. Hunting will be allowed in the area north of the Parade Grounds and east of the Genesee River as far north as the Mt. Morris Dam Entrance Road.
Letchworth, West Side: This section of the park will be open from May 1-May 22 ONLY. Hunting will be allowed in the area bounded by the Castile Entrance on the south, park boundry line on the west, Perry Entrance road and the Highbanks Tent and Trailer Camping area access road on the north, and the Genesee River on the east.
Silver Lake State Park: All areas except for boat launch and posted safety zones.
Hunting Hours: From 1/2 hour before official sunrise to 12pm each day. Hunters will be allowed into the park at 4:30 am to find a hunting spot.
TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION:
Turkey Hunting Permit Applications are available at www.nysparks.com under Letchworth State Park Permits and Applications. The completed application and a self-addressed stamped envelope should be submitted to: Turkey Hunting Permits, One Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427.
A lottery drawing will be held on April 14 for all applications postmarked or hand delivered before 4pm on April 8.
100 permits will be issued for the west side and 100 will be issued for the east side. A multiple location (2 person maximum) may be submitted, however you can only apply one time. Turkey permits not filled by the lottery will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis starting April 27th at the Letchworth Visitor Center between 9am and 4pm. There is no charge for the permit. Verhicle use fees may be in effect.
Silver Lake State Park: 10 permits will be issued for Silver Lake, five for May 1-15 and five for May 16-31.