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Spring Turkey Take by County

As described in DEC's Wild Turkey Management Plan (PDF) (290 kB), DEC has changed the way that seasonal turkey harvest is reported. In the past, DEC only summarized the number of birds actually reported by hunters. Now, the Department reports an estimated total turkey harvest based on surveys of approximately 12,000 turkey permit holders after the close of the hunting season. This results in a calculated harvest based on estimated reporting rates. This provides a more accurate harvest estimate and a more realistic assessment of the status of New York's wild turkey populations.

New York State Estimated Spring Wild Turkey Harvest 2005-15

The estimated harvest for spring 2015 was 19,840 birds. This is a decrease of 15% from 2014 and below the five-year and ten-year average spring harvest (21,700 and 26,400 birds, respectively). There was an 8% decline in hunting participation from 2014 to 2015, but even when we control for hunting effort, we observed an 11% decline from 3.6 birds/100 days effort in spring 2014 to 3.2 birds/100 days effort in spring 2015. The 3.2 birds/100 days effort in spring 2015 was below the five and ten-year averages for this measure (3.8 and 4.3 birds/100 days effort, respectively). About 75% of the birds harvested in spring 2015 were toms, similar to spring 2014.

The top five counties for estimated harvest were Delaware, Chautauqua, Otsego, Steuben, and Cattaraugus (see the table below for the full list). We observed an increase in harvest in 18% of counties open to spring hunting from 2014 to 2015 and no change or a decrease in harvest in 82% of counties.

The decline in harvest from 2014 to 2015 is likely due to poor production in 2013 and severe winters in 2014 and 2015. Turkey populations are down significantly from the early to mid-2000s due, in part, to poor production and severe winter weather three of the last five years.

Youth-only Turkey Hunt 2015 - the twelfth annual Youth Turkey Hunt was held April 25-26, and was once again greeted with enthusiasm by young hunters and their adult mentors. About 8,000 junior hunters harvested an estimated 1,131 birds. Junior hunters and their adult mentors met with success in 54 of the 56 counties open to the youth hunt.

New York State Estimated Spring Turkey Harvest
County 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Albany 416 571 358 384 351 261

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298 305 358
Allegany 762 1390 947 940 727 486 527 436 531 425
Broome 542 766 576 587 467 378 315 353 421 412
Cattaraugus 965 1764 1519 1,432 819 707 588 744 827 619
Cayuga 631 796 719 786 625 435 462 581 543 497
Chautauqua 1143 1832 2016 2,012 1,350 965 928 1,071 1,143 790
Chemung 251 411 388 416 214 242 215 190 222 269
Chenango 902 1130 923 986 852 570 490 612 553 537
Clinton 235 262 151 285 127 139 134 182 206 188
Columbia 580 610 536 538 495 358 394 365 525 461
Cortland 458 589 489 572 458 287 298 466 450 292
Delaware 839 974 1038 1,182 1,018 546 600 817 981 952
Dutchess 797 1104 730 797 467 399 396 398 421 418
Erie 1036 1020 1365 809 865 513 600 685 655 432
Essex 204 247 227 289 151 130 117 198 216 193
Franklin 265 224 208 280 140 112 132 179 174 179
Fulton 183 224 162 187 196 144 109 177 164 139
Genesee 286 277 354 268 235 118 181 215 206 133
Greene 304 429 298 406 333 289 285 264 338 399
Hamilton 82 78 57 76 72 55 62 96 78 52
Herkimer 668 856 803 984 606 442 379 442 392 371
Jefferson 1036 934 897 1,158 720 601 575 675 589 501
Lewis 311 417 311 498 276 279 254 371 363 196
Livingston 344 520 506 567 288 289 296 275 373 321
Madison 566 761 726 820 661 367 425 437 518 348
Monroe 326 463 617 385 412 224 325 314 245 224
Montgomery 283 316 241 380 264 263 268 290 363 311
Niagara 267 432 444 220 285 158 248 270 149 148
Oneida 787 1113 1026 1,225 774 659 474 627 733 499
Onondaga 632 761 703 1,024 752 461 510 685 712 577
Ontario 486 761 706 744 514 426 448 456 608 400
Orange 709 744 686 831 664 442 460 461 582 603
Orleans 198 231 283 159 161 102 115 125 128 96
Oswego 734 746 995 795 837 447 534 532 562 479
Otsego 839 1039 910 1,215 913 536 620 723 877 766
Putnam 154 203 140 150 97 83 83 96 122 157
Rensselaer 468 571 489 508 406 306 286 410 417 497
Rockland 14 4 27 8 9 12 17 17 11 53
St. Lawrence 801 673 734 958 691 375 494 637 684 494
Saratoga 423 499 469 619 333 336 258 316 373 308
Schenectady 122 169 118 132 57 62 81 91 122 119
Schoharie 556 619 452 523 388 280 359 367 424 543
Schuyler 382 465 396 527 346 260 222 185 249 154
Seneca 350 398 405 265 242 199 178 169 186 115
Steuben 912 1477 1543 1,414 985 767 781 729 894 673
Suffolk n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 106 53 73 40 46
Sullivan 465 826 559 534 461 362 394 358 453 458
Tioga 548 632 585 707 561 390 406 348 355 245
Tompkins 648 679 605 677 540 387 362 382 366 317
Ulster 566 697 595 665 588 427 450 446 313 433
Warren 117 101 106 76 75 40 68 96 121 86
Washington 596 792 693 850 576 420 433 545 690 613
Wayne 620 760 988 684 485 313 383 447 399 306
Westchester 73 147 84 102 67 47 44 67 64 31
Wyoming 484 588 539 492 369 338 278 318 286 311
Yates 379 533 494 536 442 398 343 408 481 296
Total 27,745 35,625 32,936 34,664 25,807 18,738 19,038 21,515 23,203 19,840