Joseph O. Quehl

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 427 Plant Biotechnology Building, 2505 E.J. Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Changes in Hunter Behavior, Success, and Satisfaction in Relation to Wild Turkey Season Opening Dates and Season Length

SEAFWA Journal Volume 11, March 2024

Many states throughout the range of wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) have delayed their spring wild turkey hunting seasons to allow reproductively active males more time to breed before being harvested and to potentially increase population fecundity rates. Six states in the Southeast recently delayed their spring hunting season by 7 to 14 days. However, there are no published data indicating their previous season frameworks had a deleterious effect on wild turkey reproduction or that delaying the season increased fecundity. In addition to potentially affecting turkey...