Return Your Big Game Questionnaire
Now that many of Nevada’s big game hunters will be taking to the field for the 2003 season, the Nevada Department of Wildlife is reminding tag holders that the deadline to return their harvest questionnaire is much earlier than in year’s past.
Hunters must now return all hunt questionnaire/harvest return cards within 15 days after the close of the season for which the tag was issued. Return cards must be received by 5 p.m. This requirement applies whether or not a hunter hunted or was successful in harvesting an animal.
With the convenience of the Internet, it has never been easier to report your hunting questionnaire information. Just log on to www.huntnevada.com. Questionnaires can also be mailed to the Hunt Application Office, P.O. Box 1345, Fallon, NV 89407.
Tag holders who fail to return the questionnaire, or meet the required deadline, will be subjected to a $50 fine or face the loss of tag draw privileges for one year.
Information gathered from these questionnaires plays a vital role in NDOW’s management decisions, especially those pertaining to tag quotas and season dates. According to NDOW, the questionnaire’s main purpose is to gather information concerning hunter success, and how specific animal species, such as deer or elk, are fairing in a particular area. The data collected from the questionnaires is more than a measure of success. It is also a method of identifying population and behavioral trends, or problem areas that possibly haven’t been detected in other data collecting processes. In the past, late season hunts did not allow adequate time for information gathering and analysis.