Tracking Eastern Turkeys: LSU Study Crosses Over To Texas

A cutting-edge study to examine the lives of Eastern wild turkeys has crossed the Sabine River from Louisiana into East Texas.

Louisiana State University (LSU) researchers with the cooperation of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) and help from the National Wild Turkey Federation are fitting Eastern turkeys with GPS collars to track their movements.

Higher Calling Wildlife’s Chester Moore got to document the first collaring effort in Texas.

He hit the field with Chad Argabright, a graduate student at LSU spearheading the project in the field and TPWD Wildlife Region 6 Leader Rusty Wood and his staff.

LSU graduate student Chad Argabright fits an Eastern turkey captured north of Lufkin with a GPS transmitter. Argabright has worked with everything from whitetails to opossums around the nation. ((Photo by Chester Moore)
  • In this edition of Higher Calling Wildlife,-the podcast Chester  interviews LSU’s Dr. Bret Collier who has studied the birds in Louisiana for a decade and is overseeing the the overall turkey collaring study that spans Texas and Louisiana.

In this show learn the following:

*The technology to track turkeys

*How the collars can track hens with poults in their feeding zones down to a 30 square foot area.

*Roosting habits of turkeys.

*An examination of turkey breeding dates.

*Predation on turkeys-(key predators)

*The controversy of hog predation on turkeys. Are hogs really a direct nest threat?

*Reasons for decline of Eastern turkeys in many states & much more.

You can reach out to Dr. Collier @drshortspur on Twitter and Instagram.

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