Dear Mod ... I'm not sure what you're looking for in the flavor of feedback - but I'm not against mandatory reporting. I report in with vigilance. The 10 days is a bit tight in some cases. Sometimes the drill at the counter purchasing a license when you get the flurry of questions about last years fowl hunting is a bit ridiculous - but big game reporting is fine by me.
I have no problem filling out these reports either.
I have heard of a few individuals who deliberately falsify these. Apparently this is to not give away their "top secret" hunting spot or the success they had there. It's unfortunate really - IDF&G doesn't need any more challenges to managing herds.
I've also seen a few anomolies in the reports that come from this data. For example, anterless animals taken in antered-only hunts, etc. Have always wondered if these were mistakes on the card, or in the field.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...