‘Git yer elk?’ Game & Fish wants to know how your hunt went

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – So, how was your hunt? Or, as we say in Wyoming, “Got meat in your freezer yet?”

Wyoming Game and Fish wants to know how your Wyoming hunt went this year. Many hunters have received already, or will begin to receive, a harvest survey via e-mail or the Postal Service. The survey gathers harvest information and feedback on the 2019 hunting season. Hunters’ responses about their season are used in making future wildlife management decisions.

“This harvest survey is the best way to gather large amounts of data from the public. We use the responses to estimate harvest, hunter success and hunter effort,” said Tim Woolley, statewide wildlife and habitat management supervisor. “Hunter feedback is important information and is a valuable tool for monitoring populations, setting future quotas, season dates and other regulations. We appreciate every response.”

All license holders for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion, gray wolf, fall wild turkey, spring wild turkey, furbearer, sandhill crane and light goose conservation order are included in the survey process. Because of the large volume of antelope, deer, elk, small game, upland game bird and migratory game bird license holders, a random sampling of those licensed hunters are surveyed; not all license holders of those species will receive a request to complete a harvest survey.

Hunters who do receive and complete an antelope, deer or elk harvest survey will be entered in a drawing to win one of several donated prizes as a thank you.

To be eligible for prizes, hunters who are selected for a survey must submit responses by Jan. 9 for antelope, Feb. 6 for deer and Feb. 27 for elk.

“In Wyoming, it’s not a requirement that all hunters fill out a survey,” said Emily Gates, Game and Fish’s harvest survey coordinator. “But, if you get a survey, it’s important to fill it out, even if you didn’t hunt or harvest because that information is helpful for season planning and population monitoring.”

You can help Game and Fish complete hunter surveys efficiently by providing an e-mail address when you purchase a license.

“Sending hunter surveys through e-mail is more cost-effective,” Gates said. “We survey approximately 100,000 hunting license holders annually, so hunters who provide an e-mail address and complete their surveys online help us reduce costs, by about $2.50 per response.”

Some hunters may receive a survey before their season ends. However, Game and Fish asks hunters to wait until they are finished hunting or their season is over before filling out the survey. The antelope, deer and elk surveys are conducted by Tetra Tech, the survey research firm that won the competitive bid to conduct these large volume surveys.

Hunters who have questions about the antelope, deer and elk surveys can contact Tetra Tech’s survey team directly at 1-800-216-0477. For all harvest surveys, hunters can also contact Emily Gates, harvest survey coordinator, for assistance at (307) 777-4567.

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