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Sex‐Specific Resource Use by Wild Turkeys in Response to Hunting Activity

We used GPS to track hunter and wild turkey movements to determine if turkeys changed their behaviors in response to how hunters were using the landscape. We found that for every 15% increase in the probability that an area would be hunted, toms were >4 times less likely to use that area. We also found that toms immediately shifted away from areas used by hunters, seeking refuge in other parts of the landscape. Our findings contribute to a growing body of research suggesting that hunting activity can affect how turkeys are distributed and their behaviors.

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