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Bowhunter Sighting Log

A Bowhunter in a Tree

Bowhunters are great wildlife observers. By recording their time afield and wildlife sightings, cooperating bowhunters provide data that are useful for long-term population monitoring of a variety of wildlife species. DEC uses these data to make informed management decisions.

Recent Results

View the 2020 Bowhunter Sighting Log Summary (PDF).

Bowhunter Sightings Log Indicies for Deer and Furbearers in New York State

DEC Needs Your Help

We need more bowhunter participation in most northern, eastern, and southeastern counties, including Suffolk and Westchester counties.

To sign up, please Register to Participate in the Bowhunter Sighting Log (leaves DEC website). Hunters who submitted log forms last year do not need to register again.