Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Wildlife Management


The several varieties of wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) formerly ranged over much of what is now eastern, central and southwestern United States. A large portion of the species habitat was destroyed by logging and by clearing forest land for agricultural use. Wild turkey population, were also directly decimated because of bunting by early settlers. Edminister (1954) estimated present Wild turkey range to be approximately 1 per cent of the historic range. In the past few decades, wild turkey population have increased to the point where the species has begun to assume a prominent place among the game birds. . . . The principal objective of this study was to determine the fall food habits Merriam’s (Meleagris gallopavo merriami) in western South Dakota. A secondary purpose was to compare turkey food habits from year to year. Such information can be of use in managing this valuable game bird.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Turkeys -- Feeding and feeds -- South Dakota
Merriams' turkey -- Feeding and feeds -- South Dakota
Wild turkey -- Black Hills (S.D. and Wyo.)


Includes bibliographical references (pages 48-50)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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