It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2017 APR 26 at 12:16 UT (07:16 CDT).
Early sighting of a New Moon is fairly easy for observers north of the tropics during the months surrounding the time of the Vernal Equinox due to the wide angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset. The Moon after sunset on April 27 will be about 1.5 days old for North Americans, and most observers should have little trouble sighting it. The increased angular speed and apparent size of the Moon near perigee should also be helpful. See my New Moon preview graphics above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2017. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.