Delaware’s 2013 spring wild turkey hunting season will run from April 13, 2013 to May 11, 2013. Private land hunters may hunt all 25 days of the season. Public land permits can only be used on the property for which they are issued. Applications must be received by January 11, 2013 to be processed for the lottery drawing.
Season segments A-D for Public Land
(A) April 13 – 19
(B) April 20 – 26
(C) April 27 – May 3
(D) May 4 – May 11
Youth Day April 6
No Sunday Hunting
Turkey Hunting Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m. All turkeys must be checked at an authorized turkey check station by 2:30 p.m. on the day the bird is killed.
TURKEY CHECK STATIONS
Locations and hours will be posted on the Division’s website www.fw.delaware.gov. just prior to the season. Information can also be obtained by calling 735-3600 or 739-9912.
Legal Birds and Bag Limit
Bearded birds only. Bag limit is one turkey per year.
All non-electric calls will be legal. For safety reasons, hunters should not imitate the male gobbling call.
Legal Firearms, Bows, and Shot Sizes
For safety reasons, it will be illegal to wear any visible garment having the colors red, white or blue.
Temporary blinds of vegetation or camouflage material are legal. Artificial turkey decoys are legal. Decoys may have no parts from a formerly live turkey.
Dogs or bait may not be used. Hunters may not drive turkeys or shoot them while they are at roost.
Public Land Permits
A permit is needed to hunt turkey public lands. See page 31 for the permit application form. The number of permits issued for each public hunting area by season segments A, B, C & D is as follows:
Assawoman WA – 2, Marshy Hope WA – 3, Midlands WA – 6, Nanticoke WA – 8, Old Furnace WA – 6, Industrial Forest (Whitesville, Edwin Bell, Ralph’s Corner) – 6, Prime Hook State WA – 1, Redden State Forest –30, Taber SF – 2
Blackiston WA – 3, Little Creek WA – 5, Milford Neck WA – 7, Woodland Beach WA – 3, Norman G. Wilder WA – 7, Ted Harvey WA – 2, Urban/Fortney WA – 2
New Castle County
Blackbird SF – 6, Cedar Swamp WA – 3, Blackbird Reserve WA – 2, C&D Canal – 3, Augustine – 1
Youth/Non-Ambulatory Disabled Turkey Hunt, April 6, 2013:
Open statewide. Any youth from 10 years to 15 years and non-ambulatory disabled individuals may hunt. Young hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. Thirteen, fourteen and fifteen-year-old hunters must have a valid Delaware junior hunting license. Hunters 13-15 years of age must have taken a basic hunter safety course as well as a Delaware approved turkey hunter safety course.
The normal bag limits and regulations apply.
Adult companions must be licensed to hunt in Delaware and must have taken a Delaware approved turkey hunter safety class. Adult companions may not possess a firearm during the hunt. Young hunters must be of sufficient size and physical strength to safely handle a firearm.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.