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Evaluating Reproductive Parameters of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys to Guide Policy Decisions in Texas

We studied a Rio Grande turkey population in Texas where the state agency was considering liberalizing the spring bag limit from 1 bird to 2.  We found that nest success and hen success were <5% in the population, and daily nest survival was 90%, meaning there was a 10% chance each day that a nest would be lost.  Our findings suggest that the proposed regulations change may not be appropriate given the extremely low reproductive rates.

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