North Dakota Hunters Asked to Complete Surveys

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North Dakota hunters receiving harvest questionnaires are encouraged to complete the surveys and return them to the state Game and Fish Department.

Because of recent expanded hunting opportunities, such as spring light goose seasons and multiple deer tags, hunters are more likely to receive harvest questionnaires for more than one season, said Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird biologist. "We understand that some hunters may receive several surveys in a given year, but we still need folks to fill out and return all questionnaires that are sent to them," he said.

Small game and waterfowl questionnaires are being mailed to randomly selected North Dakota hunters, said Jerry Gulke, Game and Fish Department data processing coordinator. "Hunters can return the form, or fill it out online at the web address printed on the survey form," he added. "It only takes a minute and doesn't cost anything to be completed."

The survey is used to estimate the number of hunters, amount of hunting activity, and the size of the harvest for a variety of small game and waterfowl species.

It is important hunters complete and promptly return the survey, Gulke said, even if they did not hunt or were unsuccessful. "The more surveys we have returned, the better our estimates become, which translates into better management," he said.

Surveys that are mailed to hunters should not be confused with the Harvest Information Program registration that is required for migratory game bird hunters, Szymanski said. HIP registration is a federal survey and does not provide the more detailed information that is needed from questionnaires that are mailed to hunters.