CHEYENNE - Most big game seasons are closed in Wyoming and the few still open are winding down. The regular hunting seasons are accompanied by the harvest survey “season” for the Game and Fish Department.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department contracts with a company named Tetra Tech to conduct these large surveys for antelope, deer and elk. Beginning in October postcards with instructions and individual passwords, were mailed to about 107,000 hunters requesting that they complete their harvest survey online.
Hunters with Internet access can use the password provided on the postcard to complete the survey online at wyhunter.org. Hunters who do not respond via Internet will be mailed the hard-copy survey. If not enough hunters respond via Internet or hard-copy surveys, Tetra Tech will call hunters who haven’t yet responded to obtain statistically valid estimates of hunter effort and harvest.
Gail Sheridan, harvest survey coordinator for Game and Fish, said the online survey is the most efficient way for a hunter to respond. “The Internet survey saves WGFD about $3 per response by not having to produce and mail hard-copies or make phone calls and it ensures greater accuracy,” she said.
Sheridan emphasized that it is important for all hunters to respond to the survey even if they didn’t harvest an animal. It is also important for hunters who were checked in the field or at a check station to respond. “The survey only takes about 5 minutes to complete,” Sheridan said. “Hunters deserve a big thank you for completing these surveys in a timely manner.”
Not all hunters are surveyed, but depending on the species and hunt area, at least 60 percent of hunters will receive survey cards. “Survey recipients are randomly selected,” Sheridan said. “Even though hunters may be members of a hunting party, there is no guarantee all members of the party will receive a survey.”
The information provided is integral to management of various herd units. Sheridan said that some seasons are still open, but emphasized that if hunters are done hunting they can complete their survey right away. “For hunters who still have some hunting to do, we would appreciate the survey as soon as they finish hunting,” she said.
(Contact: Gail Sheridan (307) 777-4567)