Since 2010, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife has used an annual, volunteer-based survey to record observations of wild turkeys across the state during the months of July and August.
The survey generates an index of annual turkey productivity and recruitment (the ratio of young birds per adult females).
The survey also helps track the health and distribution of the turkey population and evaluate potential regional differences in reproductive success within Delaware.
Participants record observations of turkeys in the months of July and August during the course of their daily activities.
Using a provided data sheet, participants record the date and number of gobblers (adult male), hens, and poults seen during each observation.
Participants also record the Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) in which each encounter occurred. Delaware is divided into 18 WMZs.
Use the Wild Turkey Observation Form to record the date, county, and number of adult hens, gobblers and poults (young of the year) you observe. Use the Wildlife Management Zone map to determine which zone you are in. Avoid duplicate sightings. If you see a brood in the same place several days in a row, only record them once.
Submit your completed forms by September 10 via email (Gary.Macy@Delaware.gov) or at the address below:
Turkey Observation Survey
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
6180 Hay Point Landing Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
For more information, contact us at 302-735-3600.