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Forest Management for Wild Turkeys

Publication Number: P2033
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Wild turkeys require a variety of habitat types, including forests, open lands, and old fields. Adequate forestland is critical to maintaining viable populations of wild turkeys, particularly when forest management provides a mix of different forest types and ages and openings that can provide various food sources, brood rearing habitat, edges for nesting, and room for courtship. Turkeys do well in forested landscapes with 15–65 percent openings, whether in fields, cropland, pastures, or early successional stages of forestland.

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