Retention of butt-end aluminum leg bands by wild turkeys

Matthew J. Butler, Bret A. Collier, R. Douglas Holt, Warren B. Ballard, Markus J. Peterson, Nova J. Silvy, Mark C. Wallace

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We examined retention of butt-end aluminum leg bands on Rio Grande wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) captured in Texas and Kansas, USA, 2000-2009. We examined 187 recaptured or harvested radiotagged wild turkeys to determine band retention and modeled band retention with Program MARK. We did not detect differences in band retention among age and gender classes or that band retention probability was time dependent. We estimated monthly probability of band retention was 0.990 (SE = 0.002). Band retention probability was 0.971 (SE = 0.006) at 3 months post-banding and 0.864 (SE = 0.028) at 15 months post-banding. Butt-end aluminum leg band retention was not 100% for wild turkeys marked during our work; however, our band retention rates were 3.7-5.7 times greater than described previously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1807-1811
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Kansas
  • Meleagris gallopavo
  • Texas
  • aluminum
  • banding
  • butt-end band
  • leg band
  • retention
  • ringing
  • wild turkey


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