CHEYENNE - If the phone rings announcing an elk hunter survey, the Game and Fish urges you to take 15 to 20 minutes to answer questions to help guide future elk management in Wyoming.
The department has contracted with Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Va., to contact 2,400 elk hunters – approximately 1,600 residents and 800 nonresidents – in the first attitude and opinion survey of Wyoming elk hunters since 1999. Elk hunters could start receiving the survey call Dec. 7.
“The nature of elk hunting has changed in Wyoming with the increase of wolves and grizzly bears in western Wyoming and prolific elk herds in many areas in central and eastern parts of the state,” said Susan Boston, Game and Fish Human Dimensions coordinator. “We’d like get some insights on how elk hunter attitudes and behavior have changed over the last 13 years.”
She said the survey will also contain questions pertaining to the mode of transportation hunters prefer when afield – on foot, off road vehicles, or horseback -- and opinions about antlerless elk harvest and the availability of multiple antlerless elk licenses.
She recognizes that the department is also currently conducting the annual big game harvest survey by internet and mailed survey. “So even if you’ve filled out a harvest survey this fall, we ask your help again by taking this opinion survey because they are completely separate efforts,” Boston said. “The more responses we receive the more accurate the results.”
Responsive Management has more than 25 years of experience specializing in natural resources surveys and has done an excellent job conducting previous Wyoming hunter opinion surveys, she added.
“We take note and appreciate public opinion, whether it’s from harvest field checks or individuals contacting us, but structured surveys help give us statistically reliable insights into our constituents,” Boston said.
Anyone with questions about the Game and Fish’s survey outreach is welcome to contact Boston at (307) 777-4652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Contact: Susan Boston (307) 777-4652)