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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 Wild Turkey Harvest, Spring 2003-2013

The estimated harvest for spring 2013 was 21,515 birds. This is an increase of 13% from 2012, but it is below the five and ten-year average spring harvest (26,200 and 28,300 birds, respectively). Spring hunting participation was similar to last year, but the take/100 days effort increased from 3.6 to 4.2, close to the ten-year average (4.4 birds/100 days effort). About 62% of the birds harvested in spring 2013 were toms (compared to 72% in spring 2012 and 67% in spring 2011), indicating improved production in summer 2012. Turkey populations are down significantly from the early to mid-2000s due to several years with poor production from 2007-11, and a severe winter in 2011.

The top five counties for estimated harvest were Chautauqua, Delaware, Cattaraugus, Steuben, and Otsego (see the table below for the full list). We observed an increase in harvest in just over 40% of the counties open to spring hunting, a decrease in almost 1/3rd of the counties, and about 1/4 remained unchanged from 2012 to 2013.

Youth Hunt 2013 - the tenth annual Youth Turkey Hunt was held April 20-21, and was once again greeted with enthusiasm by young hunters and their adult mentors. About 7,100 junior hunters harvested just over 800 birds. Junior hunters and their adult mentors met with success in 55 of the 56 counties open to the youth hunt.

New York State Estimated Spring Turkey Harvest
County 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Albany 372 453 416 571 358 384 351 261

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Allegany 623 630 762 1390 947 940 727 486 527 436
Broome 629 685 542 766 576 587 467 378 315 353
Cattaraugus 888 729 965 1764 1519 1,432 819 707 588 744
Cayuga 550 526 631 796 719 786 625 435 462 581
Chautauqua 1096 962 1143 1832 2016 2,012 1,350 965 928 1,071
Chemung 318 232 251 411 388 416 214 242 215 190
Chenango 736 876 902 1130 923 986 852 570 490 612
Clinton 258 133 235 262 151 285 127 139 134 182
Columbia 505 565 580 610 536 538 495 358 394 365
Cortland 393 522 458 589 489 572 458 287 298 466
Delaware 663 901 839 974 1038 1,182 1,018 546 600 817
Dutchess 954 927 797 1104 730 797 467 399 396 398
Erie 921 791 1036 1020 1365 809 865 513 600 685
Essex 158 183 204 247 227 289 151 130 117 198
Franklin 199 183 265 224 208 280 140 112 132 179
Fulton 254 170 183 224 162 187 196 144 109 177
Genesee 372 226 286 277 354 268 235 118 181 215
Greene 334 319 304 429 298 406 333 289 285 264
Hamilton 53 58 82 78 57 76 72 55 62 96
Herkimer 531 673 668 856 803 984 606 442 379 442
Jefferson 937 769 1036 934 897 1,158 720 601 575 675
Lewis 386 229 311 417 311 498 276 279 254 371
Livingston 250 270 344 520 506 567 288 289 296 275
Madison 500 500 566 761 726 820 661 367 425 437
Monroe 408 295 326 463 617 385 412 224 325 314
Montgomery 261 263 283 316 241 380 264 263 268 290
Niagara 259 159 267 432 444 220 285 158 248 270
Oneida 654 701 787 1113 1026 1,225 774 659 474 627
Onondaga 629 497 632 761 703 1,024 752 461 510 685
Ontario 516 277 486 761 706 744 514 426 448 456
Orange 731 694 709 744 686 831 664 442 460 461
Orleans 212 151 198 231 283 159 161 102 115 125
Oswego 740 569 734 746 995 795 837 447 534 532
Otsego 787 871 839 1039 910 1,215 913 536 620 723
Putnam 231 237 154 203 140 150 97 83 83 96
Rensselaer 299 410 468 571 489 508 406 306 286 410
Rockland 21 13 14 4 27 8 9 12 17 17
St.Lawrence 785 718 801 673 734 958 691 375 494 637
Saratoga 392 406 423 499 469 619 333 336 258 316
Schenectady 90 73 122 169 118 132 57 62 81 91
Schoharie 612 573 556 619 452 523 388 280 359 367
Schuyler 238 349 382 465 396 527 346 260 222 185
Seneca 300 221 350 398 405 265 242 199 178 169
Steuben 786 729 912 1477 1543 1,414 985 767 781 729
Suffolk n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 106 53 73
Sullivan 475 444 465 826 559 534 461 362 394 358
Tioga 513 654 548 632 585 707 561 390 406 348
Tompkins 556 503 648 679 605 677 540 387 362 382
Ulster 509 582 566 697 595 665 588 427 450 446
Warren 111 112 117 101 106 76 75 40 68 96
Washington 685 666 596 792 693 850 576 420 433 545
Wayne 749 502 620 760 988 684 485 313 383 447
Westchester 107 73 73 147 84 102 67 47 44 67
Wyoming 427 367 484 588 539 492 369 338 278 318
Yates 343 284 379 533 494 536 442 398 343 408
Total 26,300 24,910 27,745 35,625 32,936 34,664 25,807 18,738 19,038 21,515