Since the beginning of the year, the DEC has been asking interested parties to partake in the Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey. It is an easy way to help the DEC monitor turkey flocks throughout the state during the winter. All you'll need is a pen, survey form, and possibly a pair of binoculars.
The survey is used to monitor trends in relative abundance of turkeys statewide and within major regions of the state. This survey helps us assess the general health of the wild turkey population prior to the breeding season in the spring. The survey continues until the end of March. Forms can be found at: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/wintertkysurvey.pdf
The goal of the survey is to collect observations from every county in the state. This is an opportunity for people interested in wildlife to partner with DEC to help monitor wild turkey populations. So even though we're half way into the survey period, participation will still be beneficial.
I was not the only one a little nervous that the Oxford Lions Club Perch Derby wouldn't come off this year due to lack of ice. The warm days of early February did not look good for the creation of ice. But this past Saturday, 378 registered fishermen and women were provided with a foot of ice under two to three inches of snow on Chenango Lake. As I walked along the roadside, cars and trucks from several different states were parked, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and even Georgia. Truly a nice sight to see for such a great cause. With 30-degree temperatures and overcast skies the derby went on without a hitch!
There were no tagged perch caught, so the $1,000 first prize money (donated by NBT Bank) was raffled off. The winners were, Thomas Rutledge, Hamilton, $500; Jesse Williams, Waterville ,$250; P.A. Timperlake, Oxford, $100; James Lamphere, Norwich, $75; Ryan Tuttle, Sidney, $50; Alan Mulwane, Afton, $25.
Largest Perch of the Day: Bert Beckwith, Buffalo, 13 15/16 (Record Setter) donated by Preferred Mutual Insurance - $150. Largest Pickerel of the Day: Ryan Morse, Cincinnatus 25 1/2 donated by Dr. Richard Polgar - $150.