Movement Ecology of Spring Wild Turkey Hunters on Public Lands in South Carolina

We asked turkey hunters to carry GPS units with them while they were hunting, so we could better understand how hunters behave.  We found that on average, hunters spent a little more than 3 hours on each hunt, but most of the effort was spent during the first 2 weeks of the season.  We also found that ~40% of all hunter locations were <25 yards from a road.  The bottom line is, most hunters spent time afield early in the season, and roads were the primary driver of access as most time was spent fairly close to roads – us turkey hunters need to make getting away from the roads a priority!

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