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dc.contributor.authorGross, John Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-16T04:30:25Z
dc.date.available2014-09-16T04:30:25Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.identifier.othergross_john_t_201405_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/gross_john_t_201405_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/30451
dc.description.abstractBecause wild turkeys are an important game species and turkey hunter numbers are increasing, there is a need to understand how hunting affects turkey spatial ecology. With the recent advent of micro-GPS technology suitable for use on wild turkeys, researchers can now collect data at a resolution and scale not previously possible. Therefore, I used micro-GPS units to detail spatial ecology of male eastern (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) and Rio Grande (M. g. intermedia) wild turkeys in Louisiana and Texas. I found that mean home range size was 383 ha in Louisiana and 270 ha in Texas, and average daily distance traveled was 3725 m and 4608 m, respectively. I found little evidence that hunting pressure affected movements in the spring. Individuals showed a high degree of variability in response to hunting pressure, suggesting that spring movements may be linked to previous experience or variables I did not study.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectdaily movements
dc.subjecthome range
dc.subjecthunting pressure
dc.subjectLouisiana
dc.subjectMeleagris gallopavo
dc.subjectmicro-GPS
dc.subjectroosting characteristics
dc.subjectTexas
dc.titleAssessing movements and ecology of male wild turkeys during spring reproductive and hunting seasons using micro-GPS technology
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorMichael Chamberlain
dc.description.committeeMichael Chamberlain
dc.description.committeeRobert J. Warren
dc.description.committeeKarl Miller


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