The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants to know how your Wyoming hunt went this year. Many hunters have received 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. Prizes are donated by Cheyenne Frontier Days, Ducks Unlimited, Hi Mountain Jerky, Huntin’ Fool, King’s Camo, JAX Outdoor Gear, Mule Deer Foundation, Muley Fanatic Foundation, National Bowhunter Education Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, onXmaps, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Stone Glacier Hunting Backpacks, Whitetails Unlimited, Inc. and Wild Sheep Foundation.
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.