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New York Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

by Stephen D. Carpenteri   |  March 11th, 2014 0
Gobbler, Turkey, Turkey Hunting, Hunting Turkey, New York Turkey Hunting

Rob Greco of Oceanside New York took this gobbler on his lease in Owego opening week of spring turkey season.

There have been some changes in figures for New York turkey hunting such as population and harvest figures for spring. Here’s a look at what Empire State turkey hunters can expect when they hit the woods this month.

Following the great “turkey boom” in the late 1990s, New York’s wild turkey population has shown a continued, gradual decline to the point that we now have about 20 percent fewer birds in 2014 than we did in 2001. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s 2013 Turkey Management Report, harvest data indicate a long-term decline in wild turkey populations since 2001 and a sharper short-term decline since 2007. Although survey results indicate minimal changes in turkey numbers from 2011 to 2012, “other reliable indices of turkey abundance show a substantial change in turkey populations.”

There are several potential reasons for the long-term decline, including a natural contraction in numbers after turkey populations reached their peak around 2000-01, as well as changes in habitat and predator communities.

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