East Texas Turkey Restoration Gets a Much Needed Boost

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Turkey’s were released as part of a Turkey Restoration inititive
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Austin, TX -(Ammoland.com)- Although more than 50 counties in East Texas were stocked with eastern wild turkeys during the 1980s and 1990s, only 28 counties have enough of a population to be open for turkey hunting today.

Habitat changes, insufficient prescribed fire, and variations in rainfall are possible reasons why the population has not flourished. This past winter, when eastern wild turkeys from Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina and West Virginia were released into their historic east Texas range, they were wearing GPS transmitters to tell their stories.

Read more in Return of the Turkeys from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. The Texas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is playing a significant financial role in footing the bills of this effort as part of the their Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt initiative.

Watch this video tale of the arriving turkeys and the biologists helping to restore their habitat.

Biologists, working closely with Hill Country landowners, have also trapped, tagged and outfitted local birds with GPS tracking devices to identify characteristics of nesting, brood-rearing, loafing and roosting sites.

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