CHEYENNE - In the last few months, thousands of individuals who held black bear, wild turkey and gray wolf licenses have received surveys asking them to complete information on their hunt.
While many surveys have been completed, the return is still less than 50 percent of the requests that have been sent. Game and Fish hunter survey coordinator Gail Sheridan said that more completed surveys are needed to bolster the statistical information that the Game and Fish would like to have on each species.
Sheridan emphasizes it is very important for all surveys to be completed even if the hunter was unsuccessful or did not go hunting. The survey is an important tool for the Game and Fish to estimate harvest, hunter success, and it provides information to help wildlife managers plan next year’s hunting season.
“Completing the survey is easy and only takes a few minutes,” Sheridan said.
The mailed surveys offer several ways to complete the questions. Using the password on the survey, hunters can go online at wgfd.wyo.gov. (from the homepage, select “harvest surveys” just below the page header) or complete the hardcopy survey and return it in the postage-paid envelope provided. Hunters who prefer email for their wolf, bear and turkey surveys can go to Gail.Sheridan@wyo.gov; or over the phone by calling 307-777-4567.
“Each survey has instructions for completing the questions online and a password that must be entered to complete the survey,” Sheridan said. “By completing this online, it saves the Game and Fish money in postage and processing and speeds up the procedure to compile survey results. But, regardless if a hunter chooses to do the survey online, fill out the paper form or give us a phone call, we want to hear from them.”
In addition to the surveys for black bear, gray wolf and wild turkey, Sheridan said more completed surveys are needed from the elk and deer hunters who received survey requests. Hunters who wish can also use the phone to complete the elk and deer survey by calling 800-216-0477, or online at www.wyhunter.org.
Sheridan said report deadlines are fast approaching and each response is very helpful to the Game and Fish in making wildlife management decisions.
(Contact: Gail Sheridan (307) 777-4567)