CHEYENNE - Many big game seasons are still open in much of Wyoming and others 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 a company named Tetra Tech to conduct the large surveys for antelope, deer, elk, and in the past week some 107,000 postcards were mailed to resident and nonresident hunters asking them to complete their harvest survey online.
Hunters with internet access can use their personal password provided on the green postcard to complete the survey online at www.wyhunter.org. Hunters who do not responded via internet will be mailed the hard-copy survey. The mailing schedule is staggered to send and receive surveys at different times to facilitate processing.
Gail Sheridan, harvest survey coordinator for the Game and Fish says the online survey is the most efficient way for a hunter with internet access to respond.
“The internet survey is more efficient, it saves WGFD about $3 per response in postage and processing over the mail in survey and it ensures greater accuracy,” Sheridan said.
Sheridan stressed 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 5-10 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 maybe members of a hunting party, there is no guarantee all members of the party will receive a survey.”
Sheridan said if not enough hunters respond to the initial mailing, follow up phone calls are made and surveys are sent until enough are received to obtaining statistically valid estimates of hunter effort and harvest.
The information provided is integral to management objectives for the various herd units. Sheridan said that some seasons are still open, but stressed 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,” Sheridan said.
(Contact: Gail Sheridan (307) 777-4567)