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Landscape Characteristics and Predation Risk Infuence Spatial Variation in Auditory Courtship of an Upland Game Bird

We quantified relationships between gobbling activity, predation risk from hunting activity, and risk from coyote activity.  We found that distance to access points used by hunters on public lands most influenced gobbling, wherein gobbling increased dramatically as you moved away from points where hunters accessed hunting lands.  We didn’t find any relationship between coyote activity and gobbling activity.  Our findings suggest that agencies could use methods that alter hunter access to public lands and improve gobbling activity on those same lands.

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