J. J. Campo

Dispersal of Restocked Eastern Wild Turkeys in East Texas

Dispersal of 54 restocked eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) was studied using radio telemetry on 2 different areas in east Texas from February 1979 through July 1981. Twenty-five turkeys dispersed farther than 5 km from the release site. The maximum distance recorded from the release site for the first year following release varied from 1.3 km to 11.9 km and averaged 4.6 km. Dispersal increased through the spring and summer following release, then did not further increase until the next spring. The mean annual dispersal area was 1,688 ha. For the entire study period,...


Deer Forage In A Burned And Burned-Thinned Pine Plantation

Total deer (Odocoileus virginianus) forage (grass, forb, vine, woody) in August was significantly (P < 0.05) greater on burned (481 kg/ha) and burned-thinned (554 kg/ha) than on untreated plots (141 kg/ha) in an 8-9 year old loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantation. Total deer forage also was significantly greater on burned (57 kg/ha) and burned-thinned (53 kg/ha) than untreated plots (26 kg/ha) in February, 1979 and 1980. Total deer forage on burned plots declined 52 percent in August and 50 percent in February in the second year after treatment. The decline was only 18 percent (August)...