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Seasonal Space Use and Habitat Selection of Female Wild Turkeys in a Louisiana Bottomland Forest

We evaluated range sizes and habitat selection of hens in a bottomland hardwood forests in south Louisiana.  Hens had the largest home ranges during preincubation, presumably when they were entering into the pre-laying and laying periods.  Not surprisingly, hens selected drier upland areas which are a premium in the wet, flood prone areas this work was conducted in.  Our findings suggest that managing for lush understory vegetation on more upland areas on this site is important to provide nesting and brood-rearing habitats.

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