Wild Turkey Gobbler Habitat Use and Home Range in Loblolly Pine Plantations

We studied wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) gobbler habitat use and seasonal home range size by radio telemetry in an area dominated (45%) by loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantations (PP) in Kemper County, Mississippi, 1986-1988. In 1986, gobbler habitat use was more than expected for PP (fall) and pine-hardwood forests (spring). Use was less than expected for pine-hardwood forests (fall) and fields (summer). Use was as expected for PP, pine-hardwood, and hardwood forests and fields for the other seasons. In 1987, PP were used less than expected for all seasons. Use was more than expected for hardwood forests (spring and fall), pine-hardwood forests (summer and winter), and fields (spring). In spring and summer of 1988, use was as expected for PP for pine-hardwood and hardwood forests. Seasonal home range sizes averaged 656 ha (412-1,127 ha) in spring (Mar-May) and 701 ha (506-925 ha) in summer (Jun-Aug) 1986-88, and averaged 897 ha (837-946 ha) in fall (Sep-Nov) and 877 ha (409-1,345 ha) in winter 1986-1987.

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