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Survival and Recovery Rates of Male Wild Turkeys on Private Lands in North-central Louisiana

We examined survival and recovery rates (harvest) of males on private lands during periods when the hunting season length varied from 23 to 30 days.  We found that annual survival of adults was 30%, but jake survival was 51%.  Harvest rates of adults were 28% on average but increased from 20% to 45% when the season length increased to 30 days.  We found that despite restricted access of hunters on private lands, survival estimates were similar to public lands under similar season length and bag limits.   Our findings suggest that managers could modify season length as an option to adjust harvest of males.  

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