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habitually wander. We've affixed
satellite transmitters to some of the
hen turkeys we've studied, and when
food is scarce, our hens have traveled
up to 12 miles, and even farther, in
search of a stable food source."
Some hunters don't seem to adjust
their hunting to the turkey's lifestyle.
They often think of living off the land
as finding food
and staying on
it until it's gone.
Few game species
are so natured.
If they were,
their days would
be numbered.
Game - and
particularly prey
species - counts
on the comfort
of cover and follows an instinctive urge to move
regularly to stay
alive.
"Even in
stands where
the forest floor
is covered with
acorns or beechnuts, turkeys
will stay in the area about two to
five days, and then they'll move to a
different location for several days to
two weeks," Casalena said. "Their
movements will be influenced by the
availability of food elsewhere, weather, predation - natural and hunter,
including turkey, archery and smallgame hunters. They're hardwired to
move and no amount of mast in one
place will keep them there for long."
Casalena is quick to point out that
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the distribution of turkeys in the fall
is almost always related to food.
"Turkeys always go where food
is plentiful," Casalena said. "When
forests have a good mast supply, they
mostly remain in the woods. When
mast isn't as plentiful, turkeys work
field edges eating seeds, insects and
waste grains. They usually steer clear
of young forestland that doesn't
h av e th e f o o d
they need."
To help hunters
develop a greater appreciation
for turkey
movements,
Casalena talked
about five hen turkeys with satellite
transmitters that
traveled 16 miles
in the fall from
the mountains
of Sproul State
Forest in Centre
County to their
winter range in
the Bald Eagle
Valley. Then they
moved back to
the Sproul in spring.
"Turkeys are survivors, but they're
also creatures of habit," Casalena
said. "When you understand what
they're capable of and sort out their
spring and fall movements, turkey
hunting becomes more methodical.
Finding them is more a process of
elimination than searching for a
needle in a haystack."
Casalena said where you find turkeys during summer months doesn't
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