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Do Movement Behaviors Identify Reproductive Habitat Sampling for Wild Turkeys?

We examined range sizes and habitat selection of hens in a bottomland hardwood forest system, and found that hens had the largest range during preincubation which differs from many populations.  Hens selected forests on higher sites and openings, which made sense given that lowland forests often flooded on this site.  Our findings suggested that managers should seek ways to increase early successional plant communities used by hens prior to incubation to allow hens to maintain smaller home ranges.

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