Department of Environmental Conservation officials will be talking and taking turkeys for a survey of wild turkey populations statewide.
A banding and winter-flock survey began this month and will continue until March, with DEC and National Wild Turkey Federation cooperators capturing and fixing bands on resident birds. Each band will include a toll-free number for reporting kills.
Last year, surveyors banded 296 gobblers and 350 hens statewide; spring-season hunters reported 27 percent of banded birds taken. Fall season saw 6 percent of the harvest.
DEC officials assure landowners interested in participating in this survey that after banding "turkeys will be released at the same location. No relocation of the birds will occur."
Property owners in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties can check with Connie Adams at the Region 9 office in Buffalo (851-7010). For counties in the west-central area of the state, check with Scott Smith at Region 8 in Bath, (607) 776-2165, ext. 16.
Horton hears a howl
Rumors heard about how things are going at Horton, a major manufacturer of crossbows, aren't shooting straight.
Horton has not been sold. The company recently partnered with the Anderson Group and has expanded both its advertising and marketing output for 2007.
Look for more crossbow models this year and the addition of a Legacy series of recurve bows as well a Scout model for smaller-framed hunters from the Horton works at Tallmadge, Ohio. To check out the entire line of Horton's archery gear, go to: www.crossbow.com.
Jonathan Kinmartin, 20, of Corfu, hunting on a friend's property in the Town of Batavia, waited until the end of the season to take his first-ever buck.
Friends drove a 15-point whitetail Kinmartin's way and he took his trophy hours before the end of the last day of shotgun season.