Del. 2015 Wild Turkey Season Second Highest Harvest on Record - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Del. 2015 Wild Turkey Season Second Highest Harvest on Record

Posted:

By Leah Horner

DOVER, Del.- This year's wild turkey hunting season was the second-highest harvest ever in Delaware, according to officials with DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The month-long period ended May 9 and brought in 633 birds, a close second to last year's record of 687 birds, officials said.  Delaware only allows gobblers - male turkeys - to be hunted in the spring, which is also the only time turkeys can be hunted during the year.

According to specialists, the turkey harvest has been increasing for years now, which is a huge driver of the annual hunt.

“The recovery of the wild turkey in Delaware is a remarkable conservation success, made possible by the stewardship of hunters and including state chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “Such stewardship entails hunting license fees and federal funds from the purchase of hunting equipment to restore and sustain the state's wild turkey population, which helped establish the sport of turkey hunting in Delaware."

Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Matthew DiBona agrees.

“The turkey harvest really started climbing in 2005, and we have experienced a five-fold increase in harvest over the last decade,” DiBona says.

According to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, this year's catch included 21 “non-typical” turkeys, which were all gobblers that have more than one beard. Jack Leslie of Hartly took home the most unusual bird, with four beards and a total combined beard length of 28 inches. This bird also was the overall top scoring bird in Delaware according to the National Wild Turkey Federation's formula. This formula takes into account weight, total spur length and total beard length. The bird scored 109.6 points, weighing 23.5 pounds, with a total spur length of 3 inches.

The biggest turkey hunted was 26.2 pounds, 8 ounces, and was caught by Kevin Popo of Wilmington.

Of the 687 turkeys harvested, 89 percent came from private land in Delaware. In total, 68 birds were taken from public land. Three of the most popular wildlife management zones were the area between Seaford and Georgetown in Sussex County and also two zones in Western Kent County. These three areas totaled 40 percent of the turkeys caught.

Next year's season has been set for Saturday, April 9 to Saturday, May 7, 2016. There will be a special youth and disabled hunter day set for April 2. Before beginning, all hunters are required to take a turkey hunter education class.

For more information on wild turkeys in Delaware, contact Matthew DiBona, Division of Fish & Wildlife biologist, at (302) 735-3600.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Virginia State Police Mourn the Loss of Special Agent

    Virginia State Police Mourn the Loss of Special Agent

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:58 PM EDT2017-05-28 01:58:12 GMT
    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:58 PM EDT2017-05-28 01:58:12 GMT
    Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of an officer shot following a traffic stop Friday night. 

    More

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of an officer shot following a traffic stop Friday night. 

    More
  • Dover Leaders Say High-Crime Areas Will be Saturated With Police

    Dover Leaders Say High-Crime Areas Will be Saturated With Police

    Friday, May 26 2017 8:40 PM EDT2017-05-27 00:40:44 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:23:35 GMT

    DOVER, Del. -- After a number of shooting incidents in recent weeks, Dover's mayor and police chief on Friday announced officers will be focusing their efforts in high-crime areas in the city. Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said the effort comes after the city has seen more than 20 shooting incidents in 2017 and at a time when the summer is fast approaching and children and teenagers will be leaving school. "We are not going to ease up on the people that are using our city to c...

    More

    DOVER, Del. -- After a number of shooting incidents in recent weeks, Dover's mayor and police chief on Friday announced officers will be focusing their efforts in high-crime areas in the city. Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said the effort comes after the city has seen more than 20 shooting incidents in 2017 and at a time when the summer is fast approaching and children and teenagers will be leaving school. "We are not going to ease up on the people that are using our city to c...

    More
  • OC Business Owner Fined for Selling Out-of-State Cigarettes

    OC Business Owner Fined for Selling Out-of-State Cigarettes

    Friday, May 26 2017 4:10 PM EDT2017-05-26 20:10:08 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 11:22 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:22:32 GMT

    Ocean City Police  uncovered a cigarette smuggling scheme that resulted in the criminal citation of a local businessman for violating Maryland tax regulations. 

    More

    Ocean City Police  uncovered a cigarette smuggling scheme that resulted in the criminal citation of a local businessman for violating Maryland tax regulations. 

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man Found Guilty of Assault After Punching Correctional Officer

    Man Found Guilty of Assault After Punching Correctional Officer

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-05-26 23:57:58 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 11:21 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:21:36 GMT
    Eric Dolby was already serving a life sentence for burning a man alive.Eric Dolby was already serving a life sentence for burning a man alive.

    A 27-year-old Wilmington man, already serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of a Dover man, has been convicted by a superior court jury of assault in a detention facility. 

    More

    A 27-year-old Wilmington man, already serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of a Dover man, has been convicted by a superior court jury of assault in a detention facility. 

    More
  • OC Business Owner Fined for Selling Out-of-State Cigarettes

    OC Business Owner Fined for Selling Out-of-State Cigarettes

    Friday, May 26 2017 4:10 PM EDT2017-05-26 20:10:08 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 11:22 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:22:32 GMT

    Ocean City Police  uncovered a cigarette smuggling scheme that resulted in the criminal citation of a local businessman for violating Maryland tax regulations. 

    More

    Ocean City Police  uncovered a cigarette smuggling scheme that resulted in the criminal citation of a local businessman for violating Maryland tax regulations. 

    More
  • Teen Hospitalized After OC Hotel Fall

    Teen Hospitalized After OC Hotel Fall

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:48:06 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:22 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:22:21 GMT

    Ocean City police say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from an unknown height at a hotel in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon.

    More

    Ocean City police say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from an unknown height at a hotel in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices