Average weight of a mature female (hen): 9 to 12 lbs
Decade in which the last original wild turkeys disappeared from New York: 1840’s
The year wild turkeys from a small remnant population in northern PA crossed the border into western NY: 1948
Number of turkeys raised and released in New York State between 1952 and 1960: About 25,000
Number that survived: Almost none
Number of turkeys moved from Allegany State Park since 1959, believed to be responsible for the state’s current turkey population: Approximately 1,400
Current estimated number of turkeys in New York State: 250,000 to 300,000
Number of turkey hunters in New York State: About 100,000
Approximate number of turkeys taken in an average year: 35,000
Amount spent by turkey hunters each year on trips and equipment: Almost $60 million.
New York State’s rank in the nation for money spent by turkey hunters: 8th
Source: Department of Environmental Conservation.