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Effects of Variable Spring Harvest Regimes on Annual Survival and Recovery Rates of Male Wild Turkeys in Southeast Louisiana

We looked at survival and band recovery rates of toms across nearly 20 years in Louisiana, and evaluated how different regulations packages influenced these parameters.  Changing from a liberal to more conservative harvest framework increased survival for both toms and jakes, essentially a 2-fold increase following a reduction in bag limit and season length.  Our findings suggest that males were likely overharvested on our sites during the liberal framework, requiring managers to develop more appropriate harvest frameworks.

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