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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 Estimated Spring Wild Turkey Harvest 2004-14

The estimated harvest for spring 2014 was 15,904 birds. This is a decrease of 26% from 2013, and is well below the five and ten-year average spring harvest (23,900 and 26,700 birds, respectively). Spring hunting participation was down about 13% from last year, but the take/100 days effort also decreased from 4.2 to 3.6, below the five and ten-year average (4.0 and 4.3 birds/100 days effort, respectively). About 75% of the birds harvested in spring 2014 were toms (compared to 62% in spring 2013 and 72% in spring 2012). This may be an indication of poor production in summer 2013 and a severe winter in 2014. Turkey populations are down significantly from the early to mid-2000s due to poor production four of the last six years, and severe winters in 2011 and 2014.

The top five counties for estimated harvest were Chautauqua, Delaware, Otsego, Steuben, and Cattaraugus (see the table below for the full list). We observed a decrease in harvest in most counties open to spring hunting from 2013 to 2014.

Youth Hunt 2014 - the eleventh annual Youth Turkey Hunt was held April 26-27, and was once again greeted with enthusiasm by young hunters and their adult mentors. About 6,900 junior hunters harvested an estimated 979 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 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Albany 453 416 571 358 384 351 261

301

298 216
Allegany 630 762 1390 947 940 727 486 527 436 358
Broome 685 542 766 576 587 467 378 315 353 298
Cattaraugus 729 965 1764 1519 1,432 819 707 588 744 558
Cayuga 526 631 796 719 786 625 435 462 581 384
Chautauqua 962 1143 1832 2016 2,012 1,350 965 928 1,071 771
Chemung 232 251 411 388 416 214 242 215 190 150
Chenango 876 902 1130 923 986 852 570 490 612 392
Clinton 133 235 262 151 285 127 139 134 182 133
Columbia 565 580 610 536 538 495 358 394 365 372
Cortland 522 458 589 489 572 458 287 298 466 318
Delaware 901 839 974 1038 1,182 1,018 546 600 817 695
Dutchess 927 797 1104 730 797 467 399 396 398 298
Erie 791 1036 1020 1365 809 865 513 600 685 441
Essex 183 204 247 227 289 151 130 117 198 139
Franklin 183 265 224 208 280 140 112 132 179 112
Fulton 170 183 224 162 187 196 144 109 177 105
Genesee 226 286 277 354 268 235 118 181 215 138
Greene 319 304 429 298 406 333 289 285 264 240
Hamilton 58 82 78 57 76 72 55 62 96 50
Herkimer 673 668 856 803 984 606 442 379 442 252
Jefferson 769 1036 934 897 1,158 720 601 575 675 378
Lewis 229 311 417 311 498 276 279 254 371 234
Livingston 270 344 520 506 567 288 289 296 275 252
Madison 500 566 761 726 820 661 367 425 437 367
Monroe 295 326 463 617 385 412 224 325 314 165
Montgomery 263 283 316 241 380 264 263 268 290 258
Niagara 159 267 432 444 220 285 158 248 270 100
Oneida 701 787 1113 1026 1,225 774 659 474 627 471
Onondaga 497 632 761 703 1,024 752 461 510 685 504
Ontario 277 486 761 706 744 514 426 448 456 411
Orange 694 709 744 686 831 664 442 460 461 413
Orleans 151 198 231 283 159 161 102 115 125 86
Oswego 569 734 746 995 795 837 447 534 532 377
Otsego 871 839 1039 910 1,215 913 536 620 723 622
Putnam 237 154 203 140 150 97 83 83 96 86
Rensselaer 410 468 571 489 508 406 306 286 410 296
Rockland 13 14 4 27 8 9 12 17 17 8
St.Lawrence 718 801 673 734 958 691 375 494 637 439
Saratoga 406 423 499 469 619 333 336 258 316 240
Schenectady 73 122 169 118 132 57 62 81 91 86
Schoharie 573 556 619 452 523 388 280 359 367 301
Schuyler 349 382 465 396 527 346 260 222 185 168
Seneca 221 350 398 405 265 242 199 178 169 125
Steuben 729 912 1477 1543 1,414 985 767 781 729 604
Suffolk n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 106 53 73 40
Sullivan 444 465 826 559 534 461 362 394 358 321
Tioga 654 548 632 585 707 561 390 406 348 253
Tompkins 503 648 679 605 677 540 387 362 382 260
Ulster 582 566 697 595 665 588 427 450 446 221
Warren 112 117 101 106 76 75 40 68 96 78
Washington 666 596 792 693 850 576 420 433 545 489
Wayne 502 620 760 988 684 485 313 383 447 268
Westchester 73 73 147 84 102 67 47 44 67 46
Wyoming 367 484 588 539 492 369 338 278 318 193
Yates 284 379 533 494 536 442 398 343 408 324
Total 24,910 27,745 35,625 32,936 34,664 25,807 18,738 19,038 21,515 15,904