Game and Fish hunting surveys now underway
by Wyoming Game & Fish Department
November 14, 2011
Big game hunting seasons are winding down in much of the state and in the next few weeks both resident and nonresident hunters will be receiving harvest survey cards in the mail. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department contracts with Tetra Tech to conduct the large surveys for antelope, deer, elk, and black bear information.
More than 90,000 hunters will receive green postcards from Tetra Tech asking them to complete their harvest survey online. Hunters with internet access can use their personal password provided on the green postcard to complete the survey online at www.wyhunter.org. Hunters who have not responded via internet by Nov. 10 will be mailed the hard-copy survey. The mailing schedule is staggered to send and receive surveys at different times to facilitate processing.
Gail Sheridan, harvest survey coordinator for the Game and Fish, says the online survey is the most efficient way for a hunter with internet access to respond. "The internet survey is more efficient, it saves money in postage and processing over the mail-in survey, and it ensures greater accuracy," Sheridan said.
Sheridan stressed that it is important for all hunters to respond to the survey even if they didn’t harvest an animal. It is also important for hunters who were checked in the field or at a check station to respond. "The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete," Sheridan said. "Hunters deserve a big thank you for completing these surveys in a timely manner."
Not all hunters are surveyed, but depending on the species and hunt area, at least 60 percent of hunters will receive survey cards. "Survey recipients are randomly selected," Sheridan said. "Even though hunters may be members of a hunting party, there is no guarantee all members of the party will receive a survey." Sheridan said if not enough hunters respond to the initial mailing, follow up phone calls are made and surveys are sent until enough are received to obtaining statistically valid estimates of hunter effort and harvest.
The information provided is integral to management objectives for the various herd units. Sheridan said that some seasons are still open, but stressed that if hunters are done hunting they can complete their survey right away. "For hunters who still have some hunting to do, we would appreciate the survey as soon as they finish hunting," Sheridan said.
As in past years, hunters who get their surveys in by Jan. 31 are eligible for prize drawings. This year, prizes for those completing the elk survey include a pair of tickets to the 2012 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Burris Optics Realtree camo binoculars, a one year membership to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a Browning Big Game Field Dressing Kit, a 40 percent off coupon on one item from Brunton, and a fleece vest with species logo.
Those completing the pronghorn survey will be placed in drawings for a wildlife print, a $100 gift certificate to Woodworker’s Supply, Inc., and a Pentax Pioneer II 3x-9x rifle scope.
Deer hunters who get their surveys in will be eligible for drawings for a pair of tickets to Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, a Mule Deer Foundation Artist of the Year painting, a Mule Deer Foundation Knife of the Year, Jerky King Board and Knife Jerky Kit, and a hooded camouflage jacket with species logo.
Black bear hunters will be eligible for a hooded camouflage jacket with species logo and a Realtree Camo hunting backpack.
Each species drawing will also include chances for a $100 gift certificate to the Wyoming Game and Fish Store or 1-year subscriptions to Wyoming Wildlife magazine and Wyoming Wildlife Calendar.
Those donating prizes include: Wild Sheep Foundation, Woodworker’s Supply, Inc., Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Mule Deer Foundation, Hi Mountain Jerky, Sierra Trading Post, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming Wildlife Magazine, Wyoming Game and Fish Store, Tetra Tech, and WGFD Biological Services.