Big Game Trophy Survey

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Around 2,400 Wyoming hunters will be surveyed in March to find out how much money they spent on their moose, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, black bear, bison and mountain goat hunts, reports Chris Burkett, strategic management coordinator for the Game and Fish Department.

"We just want hunters to know if they get a phone call saying 'This is the Game and Fish and would you answer a few questions about how much you spent on your hunt,' that it is legitimate," Burkett said of the survey which is also contacting trappers.

The information provides an estimate of how much money the species, and hunting in general, contributes to the Wyoming economy.

"By determining a dollar value of wildlife, we can use the figures to present a species" worth in land use discussions," he said. "The figures are also valuable to towns and cities in attracting new business."

The individuals called are selected randomly from those who bought licenses for the species last year. The majority of those called are residents, with the exact percentage varying by species.

Hunters for these species were last surveyed in 1989.

The G&F periodically conducts hunter expenditure surveys for all species, with upland bird and small game hunters being the most recent group being polled in March 2001. Public opinion surveys are also conducted to help the G&F better understand and serve its constituents, Burkett says.

All survey information is anonymous and cannot be traced back to the respondent.