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Wednesday, October 19 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
Wildlife. Spring Movement Ecology of Male Wild Turkeys in South Carolina

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AUTHORS: Bret. A. Collier, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center; Patrick Wightman, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University; Michael J. Chamberlain, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia; Jay Cantrell, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Charles Ruth, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Anthropogenic pressure can have significant impacts on how wildlife move and use habitats. How wildlife response to hunting intensity can impact both population level demography as well as hunter satisfaction. During 2014-2016, we deployed 41 GPS collars on male wild turkeys on the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Webb Center Wildlife Management Area to evaluate the effect of hunting intensity on male wild turkey movement ecology. Average male weekly core areas were approximately 16 ha, and were consistent over a 3 month period. Daily movements were highly variable at the individual level and no clears trends were noted. Based on our results, male wild turkeys slightly their movements in response to hunting intensity, and we found no changes in daily movements relative to the timing of the reproductive season or the hunting season. We found only limited evidence for variation in weekly range sizes, again inferring that neither hunting intensity nor reproductive season timing influenced male wild turkey movements. Our results suggest that male wild turkey movement ecology is only slightly impacted by hunting activities.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:40am - 12:00pm
Louisiana Room

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