Retention times of miniature radiotransmitters glued to wild turkey poults

Brian L. Spears, Warren B. Ballard, Mark C. Wallace, Richard S. Phillips, Derrick H. Holdstock, John H. Brunjes, Roger Applegate, Phil S. Gipson, Michael S. Miller, Terri Barnett

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Miniature radiotransmitters allow researchers to examine daily survival of wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) poults during pre-flight periods, when turkey mortality is highest. We conducted a study of retention times of transmitters glued to Rio Grande wild turkey (M. g. intermedia) pre-flight poults at 4 sites in both southwest Kansas and the Texas pan-handle. One hundred twenty-two poults from 39 broods were equipped with transmitters. Mean retention time on living poults was 20.4±8.3 days (n=34). Ninety-two percent of transmitters were retained by poults beyond flightless periods. We concluded that this technique was suitable for examining survival and habitat use by pre-flight wild turkey poults and suggest this technique be used in lieu of surgical implants and harness attachments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-867
Number of pages7
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Attachment
  • Kansas
  • Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  • Poult
  • Radiotelemetry
  • Retention
  • Rio Grande wild turkey
  • Texas


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