In New York, bowhunters asked to help monitor deer, wildlife populations

Last year, 3,805 bowhunters from across the state participated in the Bowhunter Sighting Log and provided valuable data to aid New York State Department of Environmental Conservation biologists with long-term monitoring of deer and other wildlife populations.

Participants logged 186,110 hours afield in 2016 and recorded seeing 120,067 deer, 47,772 turkeys, 2,698 ruffed grouse, 2,232 coyotes, 1,376 red fox, 1,323 raccoons, 446 fisher, 382 gray fox, 339 black bear, 128 bobcat, seven river otter, and five moose.

The DEC is gearing up for the 2017 Bowhunter Sighting Log and welcomes new participants.

In a news release, the DEC asks that, if you hunt during the bow season with a vertical bow or crossbow and have not participated before but would like to participate, send an email to wildlife@dec.ny.gov (subject: BowLog) by Aug. 31. Include your name, address, hunter ID (back tag number), and the county where you primarily hunt.

Upland bird hunters, turkey hunters, and rabbit hunters can also help the DEC by participating in the following logs/surveys:

  • Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log: Grouse and woodcock hunters keep a log of their hunting activities to help track populations of these great game birds.
  • Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey: Spring turkey hunters help monitor ruffed grouse populations by recording their observations while afield.
  • New England Cottontail Survey: Rabbit hunters in Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties participate in a survey to help determine the distribution of New England cottontails.

— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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