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Help the Department of Environmental Conservation track wild turkeys

SPRINGVILLE — Under Governor Cuomo’s New York Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens has announced the kickoff of the second year of a research project on wild turkey survival, to help improve the management of the game bird.

“Wild turkeys are the most popular small game species in New York, among hunters afield,” Martens said. “The data generated by this study will provide valuable information on turkey survival rates and population size, to help guide future management of this important game species. I encourage landowners that have wild turkey on their property, this winter, to consider participating in this study.”

Beginning in January, DEC will embark on a statewide effort to capture wild turkey hens and fit them with leg bands, to obtain accurate data on survival and harvest. A small number of these birds will also be tagged with satellite radio transmitters. All of the work will be done by DEC personnel, on both public and private lands, from January-March. The research will be concentrated in DEC Regions 3-9, where turkey populations are largest.

The DEC is looking for landowners in Regions 3-9 who are interested in allowing birds to be trapped on their land, as well as alerting project coordinators when they see turkeys on their property, on a regular basis. Once turkeys are trapped and banded, they will immediately be released, at the same location. Not all locations are suitable for deploying capture equipment, so landowners should contact their regional project coordinator to discuss the suitability of their property. Observations of turkey flocks can be reported to the project coordinator for that region or by using the Winter Flock Survey form found on DEC’s website at: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48756.html.

For more information on this project, contact the regional project coordinator below or DEC by email at fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us. “Turkey Study” should be listed as the subject line. Contact Region 9 coordinator Emilio Rende, at 372‑0645. Rende is located at 182 East Union St., Allegany, NY 14706.
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