Big and Small Game Harvest Study Begins Soon

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ annual survey of Montana’s big and small game hunters will begin the end of January. Wildlife managers will use information collected during the survey to estimate the 2003 harvest and to recommend quotas for upcoming hunting seasons.

According to FWP research specialist Candy Hinz, about 80,000 Montana households will be contacted over a four-to-six week period. Interviewers will collect information on big and small game -- including deer, elk, antelope, black bear, and upland game birds. The majority of the telephone interviewers make calls from their homes to their local calling area in the evenings and on weekends. This simple telephone survey takes under five minutes.

Harvest survey results are generally available by late summer.