The wild turkey is an iconic game bird with a long history of association with humans. Texas boasts the largest wild turkey population in the country. It is the only state where one can find native populations of three of the five subspecies of wild turkeys – the Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris), the Rio Grande wild turkey (M. g. intermedia), and the Merriam's wild turkey (M. g. merriami). Bringing together experts on game birds and land management in the state, this is the first book in Texas to synthesize the most current information about ecology and management focused exclusively on these three subspecies.
Wild Turkeys in Texas addresses important aspects of wild turkey ecology and management in Texas, but its principles are applicable anywhere Eastern, Rio Grande, or Merriam's turkeys exist. Wild Turkeys in Texas marks the continuation of one of the biggest success stories in the research, restoration, and management of the wild turkey in North America.
William P. Kuvlesky, Jr. is professor and assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Texas A&M University–Kingsville and a research scientist at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI). Leonard A. Brennan is professor and C. C. Winn Endowed Chair for Quail Research at the CKWRI. J. Alfonso (Poncho) Ortega-S. and Damon L. Williford are research scientists at the CKWRI. Jason Hardin is the Turkey Program Leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Humberto L. Perotto-Baldivieso is assistant professor and research scientist at the CKWRI. Landon Fritz is a wildlife biologist for a private South Texas ranch. Clay Hilton is director of veterinary technology at Texas A&M University–Kingsville and a wildlife veterinarian for the CKWRI. Fred C. Bryant is development director at the CKWRI. Steve Nelle is a retired range conservationist and wildlife biologist. Brandon Mitchell is a private lands biologist working in the Texas Gulf. Nova J. Silvy is Regents Professor and senior faculty fellow in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.