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Del. 2015 Wild Turkey Season Second Highest Harvest on Record

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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.

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