Snapping turtles can live for more than 30 years. A large snapper can grow to a shell length of about 19 inches and weigh up to 70 pounds. Now that’s a lot of turtle soup.
In certain areas of the country, people actually eat turtles. I’ve never tried it, but it probably doesn’t taste like chicken.
Snapping turtles can be hunted in New York if you have a small-game license, but they can only be harvested with a gun or bow from July 15-Sept. 30. There is a health advisory because these creatures contain substantial amounts of mercury, lead and PCBs. If you do eat them, you should remove and discard all the fat, liver and eggs.
I like alligator and enjoy frog legs, but I’m a little reluctant to try turtle. The lawmakers in Albany like them, though. They made the snapping turtle the official NYS reptile.
I guess the turtle represents the slow pace that they get anything done up there. Seems to fit, doesn’t it?
The Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting a fishing derby at Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park from noon-2 p.m. on Father’s Day. Participants should bring their own equipment, although some loaner rods are available. Fishing worms will be provided. Prizes will be awarded in age-groups 5-10 and 11-15. Children younger than 15 must be accompanied by a parent. Anyone ages 16 and older must have a valid NYS fishing license.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.