Web Response Available for Harvest Survey

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Harvest survey cards are being mailed from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and hunters who receive one need to complete and return them, whether or not they hunted or were successful at harvesting a game animal.

"A statistical procedure is used to randomly select a limited number of hunters to receive a survey card," said Game Harvest Surveys Coordinator Corey Huxoll. "The surveys are based on achieving high response rates, and if the first survey card is not returned in a timely manner, hunters will get a second or even third survey card." Huxoll added that the initial mailings are timed so hunters receive them near the closing dates of each season. Survey answers supplement other knowledge about wildlife populations and assist in the development of management strategies for next year’s seasons.

In addition to the usual mail-back option, hunters can respond through a website address where they can record their hunting activities for any of the hunting seasons. However, hunters still need to have their survey card in order to log onto the web site and answer questions specific to their license.

"Hunters who respond through the web site will answer the same general questions, such as number of animals harvested, animal species and sex, how long they hunted, along with their general hunting satisfaction, just like on the regular survey cards," Huxoll said. "The advantage to this system is the convenience to the hunters, cost savings and faster receipt of harvest information for the department. It not only saves return mail costs, but also the time it takes to sort the returned cards and enter the information into the computer. " Last year, over 12,000 hunters responded through the web site, saving the state nearly $5,000 in return-mail postage costs.