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A unique hunting question. Long island snapping turtle?

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#21 COLLECTINGHEADS

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Posted July 04 2014 - 08:17 AM

Snapping turtles are the zombies of the turtle world.
They are nasty mean creatures. They can't pull their head into their shell like non-zombie turtles. That's why they snap.
They have long necks and can reach back pretty far so if you grab one they just might rip your entire arm right off!


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Posted July 04 2014 - 08:44 AM

I stopped using killies for bait in freshwater lakes after catching one big snapping turtle after another. Surprised to see that some of my "neighbors" that posted here have not seen them as large, but my freshwater fishing pretty much ended by 1998 when I returned to saltwater fishing. In the 90s, in my "local" lakes (of course that's Nassau where nothing is allowed and your southern friend will quickly be visiting central booking in Hempstead if a firearm is even brought out of the vehicle in public) garbage can lid sized turtles were NOT uncommon. I used to stab them through a leg hole with one of those dollar ninety nine survival knives and give them to the guys with funny accents who couldn't wait for me to catch another. and those survival knives were almost too short to avoid those murderous jaws ! I figured I would "save" dozens of largemouth every time I removed one. Guess I should just go and surrender myself now since I must have been "hunting" out of season, although it was really a combination of fishing and self defense, lol, if I wanted to get my hook back !

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Posted July 04 2014 - 08:46 AM

I've been hunting since the minute I was old enough to legally participate. But I'm absolutely amazed that snapping turtle hunting on LI is actually a thing.

And how does a size limit work when hunting with a shotgun? If it measures 11-1/2" after you've removed it's head with with an ounce of lead, what do you do? It's a little late to throw it back.

I know that the three point rule is tough to deal with for deer in some areas upstate, but other than that are there any other hunting regs that are based on a measurement?

I never thought of that. That there are so few animals that have size regulations on land. Although, one could argue that snapping turtles are taken most likely in the water.
Spearfishing has the same regs as fishing and it's really spear hunting.
You have to judge the size of what you're shooting at while it's moving and take into account the refraction of water which makes things appear a third larger than they actually are.

Even regular fishing kills undersized fish.
I can't tell you the number of short stripers I've found on the bottom that died from being caught and the damage the hooks did from regular fishing. What a waste. But those are the laws.

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Posted July 04 2014 - 08:48 AM

There used to be a really nasty one with red hair in Yaphank.
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Posted July 04 2014 - 09:04 AM

There used to be a really nasty one with red hair in Yaphank.


I think I met her once (or more).

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Posted July 04 2014 - 09:07 AM

I think using a shotgun to take down a turtle is overkill…unless you are making turtle soup.

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Posted July 04 2014 - 09:38 AM

Thanks for the replies fellas.

Reading some of your comments it seems that some of you are rather against the harvesting of snapping turtles. I didn't mean to offend anyone, but you are on a hunting section of the forums. Regardless, you have my apologies.

I will contact the DEC, however I think I'm just going to stick to freshwater fishing and leave them snappers alone. I think using a bow is impractical, and shotguns on Long Island seem controversal.

Heres a question for you guys. Isn't it common to see duck hunters (with shotguns) on LI during the season? How do those fellas do it?


I think using a shotgun to take down a turtle is overkill…unless you are making turtle soup.


Thats exactly what I planned to do.
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Posted July 04 2014 - 10:10 AM

do both. just use killies for bait. the killie will go absolutely nuts when it sees the snapping turtle approach, jumping out of the water despite split shot on the line. and you will see a string of bubbles near it, evidently from the turtle. the turtle will reel in like a huge piece of rubbish. keep the hook in (usually its in the tongue) spear it through a leg hole with a sharpened screwdriver (because as we all know knives with blades over three inches will also get you to visit central booking) and joila, turtle soup in the making. (although you may have to wait for July 15, LOL)

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Posted July 04 2014 - 10:32 AM

There are some turtles that are definitely over 12" in the pond at Hecksher Park in Huntington. Might not be the best place to go for a stroll with your 12-gauge, though.


I don't think those are snapping turtles, their shells are smooth, unless I'm just thinking of the alligator variety. And if they were they'd be eating half the fish. And if they got big enough, the ducks. And eventually children. So hunt snapping turtles. It's for the children!!
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Posted July 04 2014 - 10:56 AM

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"Hi, my name is GB and I don't condone the hunting of unsexed turtles."


OMG I"m dying....seriously roflmao

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Posted July 04 2014 - 10:56 AM

Thanks for the replies fellas.

Reading some of your comments it seems that some of you are rather against the harvesting of snapping turtles. I didn't mean to offend anyone, but you are on a hunting section of the forums. Regardless, you have my apologies.

I will contact the DEC, however I think I'm just going to stick to freshwater fishing and leave them snappers alone. I think using a bow is impractical, and shotguns on Long Island seem controversial.
Heres a question for you guys. Isn't it common to see duck hunters (with shotguns) on LI during the season? How do those fellas do it?

This is a really good point. I may not want to hunt snapping turtles but why the heck someone should give you grief over it on a gun forum in the Hunting section is ridiculous.
I don't think using a bow would be impractical but to each his own.
I've never eaten a snapping turtle but I've had their salt water cousins and it is good.

As to your duck hunting question I'm not sure but it's somewhat different because it's waterfowl that are hunted on the salt water where it is specifically legal.
Please call the DEC and find out what the regulations are and if there is anywhere it is legal to hunt with a shotgun
I'd like to know where and how you are allowed to hunt them on Long island.
Please post info when you get it.
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Posted July 04 2014 - 11:04 AM

Call of the wildman, call the turtle man!
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Posted July 04 2014 - 11:18 AM

Thanks for the replies fellas.

Reading some of your comments it seems that some of you are rather against the harvesting of snapping turtles. I didn't mean to offend anyone, but you are on a hunting section of the forums. Regardless, you have my apologies.

I will contact the DEC, however I think I'm just going to stick to freshwater fishing and leave them snappers alone. I think using a bow is impractical, and shotguns on Long Island seem controversal.

Heres a question for you guys. Isn't it common to see duck hunters (with shotguns) on LI during the season? How do those fellas do it?




Thats exactly what I planned to do.

Hey if its legal, have at it

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Posted July 04 2014 - 11:22 AM

if you really want turtle meat : http://buyturtlemeat.com/ http://www.lacrawfis...2-lbs-P298.aspx

http://www.lacrawfis...awfish-C62.aspx
ok fresh and cleaned , no ticks, no chigger bites, no jail. If you pal is from the south why not introduce him to more northern dishes? He can have turtle ,squirrel ,and raccoon any day of the week at home. But fresh stripper? bluefish? Lobster? clams?

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Posted July 04 2014 - 11:30 AM



Thanks for the replies fellas.

Reading some of your comments it seems that some of you are rather against the harvesting of snapping turtles. I didn't mean to offend anyone, but you are on a hunting section of the forums. Regardless, you have my apologies.


I think you may have confused surprise with offense. No one suggested that they were offended by the thought of hunting turtles, only that they were surprised that not only was there a season for them on LI, but that a shotgun or bow could be used to take them.

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Posted July 04 2014 - 11:33 AM

Freshpond in fort salonga has HUGE snapping turtles. And lots of them. You will never ever see anyone swimming there, there is that many large sized snapping turtles and everyone in the area knows it.

#37 SigSauer228

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Posted July 04 2014 - 12:52 PM

My advice (...and I'm not joking)

Take your buddy to Chinatown in Queens. Go to an Asian market. There you will find live turtles, frogs, snails, crawfish, and a bunch of other "exotic" stuff.

There's a market right off Marathon Blvd (exit 32 on L.I.E.) The market place is on the S/E corner of the L.I.E. southbound service rd and Marathon Blvd. There's a strip of stores there. Park in the back behind the mart. There's a Chinese restaurant next door that serves Dim Sum 7 days a week (10am - 2pm)

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Posted July 04 2014 - 01:45 PM

I remember one on display at Cold Spring Harbor trout hatchery. I think his name was Junior but he was the size of a manhole cover. One could clearly see him in his pond/enclosure but out in the wild with all that natural camo,um no thanks...

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Posted July 04 2014 - 02:34 PM

Post update after you talk to DEC, wondering what the response will be from them

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Posted July 04 2014 - 03:16 PM

Do it yourself youtube video on turtle hunting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnP3483FzPQ


Yeah...Hell no.
As long as there are still cows in the world all of the turtles are safe around me.
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