DEC's annual summer turkey survey underway in St. Lawrence County and NYS
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 12:04 pm

The Department of Environmental Conservation seeks help completing its yearly summer wild turkey sighting survey in August.

The survey is conducted during the month to estimate the average number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide and among major geographic regions of the state.

DEC says this index allows them to gauge reproductive success in a given year and allows the agency to predict fall harvest potential. Weather, predation and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival and poult survival, DEC said.

During August, department staff and volunteers record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.

Those who would like to participate, print or download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form from to record observations.

Detailed instructions can be found with the data sheet.

Completed survey forms can be mailed to: Turkey Survey, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754

People can also can submit observations to the online Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report at

DEC asks that people submit observations by mailing us the completed survey form or by entering them online, not both. Multiple reports of the same flock will bias the results, officials said.