Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during breeding and brood-rearing seasons can significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.
During August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a form directly on DEC’s website at Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form (PDF) along with instructions and the data sheet. Survey cards can be obtained by contacting regional DEC offices, calling (518) 402-8883, or e-mailing email@example.com (type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the DEC website and click “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report” or go directly to this link for the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey.
What are the state’s management objectives for turkey? Anyone know off hand where to find info on this? My opinion is that there are too many wild turkeys. Of course I don’t know if I am right or wrong. Just wondering New York state’s opinion on this.
Or too few predators?
Indeed. Let’s issue more turkey tags for both sexes and leave the coyotewolves, bobcats, and other fur bearing predators alone. Around here, many are eager to shoot any coyotewolf they see and leave it to rot.