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Effects of Growing-season Prescribed Fire on Eastern Wild Turkey Nest Survival, Nest Success, and Poult Survival in Southwestern Georgia

We studied how growing season prescribed fire affected nest survival, nest success, and poult survival.  We found that most nest loss was from predation, but that 11.5% of nests were impacted by fire.  Notably, fires were applied at a small scale in this study, so our findings suggest that growing-season fires conducted on a large-scale could be detrimental to wild turkey reproduction and should be applied judiciously. We found poult survival to be 35% during

the first two weeks post-hatch, and that fire impacts to broods appear minimal.  

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