Bowhunters report wildlife sightings to DEC to help biologists with data and determine population and health trends

The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for bowhunters to participate in a program to monitor deer and wildlife populations.

Last year, 3,805 bowhunters were part of the Bowhunter Sighting Log that provided data to DEC biologists. Participants logged more than 180,000 combined hours and recorded seeing 120,067 deer, 47,772 turkeys and 339 black bear among the totals. 

To sign up to participate in the 2017 season, send an e-mail to by Aug. 31. Include your name, address, hunter ID and the county where you primarily hunt.