New Tricks Help with Wild Turkey Research


Trap, Release, and Backpack

Wild turkeys are among nature’s most elusive creatures, making it difficult to learn where they nest, how much they travel, and the identities of their most lethal predators. Fortunately humans can be pretty sneaky as well; this group of Texas biologists trap, band, and harness wild turkeys with a special backpack that contains a radio transmitter, allowing them to observe bird movements over time. Check out the action in this interesting video from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.