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Wild Turkey Science

Wild Turkey Science is a science-based podcast bringing you the latest research on wild turkey ecology and management. This podcast is made possible by Turkeys for Tomorrow and is part of the Natural Resources University podcast network. 

Apr 27, 2023

Wildlife Biologist John Gruchy gives us his fastball pitch on adjusting old fields, even food plots, into poult-rearing cover. This is Part 2 of Monday's episode.

Dr. Marcus Lashley (DrDisturbance) (Academic Profile)

Dr. Will Gulsby (dr_will_gulsby) (Academic Profile)

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Apr 24, 2023

Wildlife Biologist John Gruchy joins the show to discuss the timeline of landscape changes across Mississippi, consequences of earlier management decisions, and what we’ve got to eradicate moving forward. Check back Thursday for Part 2 of this episode. 

Dr. Marcus Lashley (DrDisturbance) (Academic Profile)

Dr. Will...

Apr 21, 2023

Marcus and WIll jump back on to correct literature data on exotic grasses from Monday’s episode, clarify a few points on CRP and burning during nesting, and swap turkey hunting stories. 

Referenced paper: Barnes, Thomas G., Stephen J. DeMaso, and Matt A. Bahm. "The impact of 3 exotic, invasive grasses in the...

Apr 17, 2023

In this episode, we discuss the large-scale habitat changes that may have contributed to wild turkey decline, key management strategies that shifted the landscapes, what changes contributed to habitat loss, and what we can do to save the poults moving forward. 


Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Colter Chitwood re-joins the podcast to give us an update of the on-going turkey research in the state of Oklahoma. Learn details of the hunter-led work estimating vital rates to increase poult per hen ratios, and learn how state-wide genetics can help us understand turkey movement across the landscape.

Dr. Colter...