More than 4,000 hunters completed the survey following the initial survey request which consisted of 6,219 who provided email addresses and 12,100, without email contacts. Game and Fish survey coordinator Gail Sheridan said that about half of those who received emails have responded and those survey responses essentially did not cost the Game and Fish anything. Follow-up hard copy surveys have been sent to more than 14,000 hunters and the response rate so far has been about 20 percent.
Sheridan said that more survey responses are needed to get a statistically valid sampling of small game harvest and hunting efforts. Game and Fish stresses it is very important that hunters complete the survey regardless of the number of days they went hunting or the numbers of small game animals, game birds and waterfowl that were bagged.
“Surveys are the best tool we have to determine hunter participation and harvest,” said Sheridan. “They provide important information to help us determine ups and downs of populations and the interest the state’s hunters have in small game hunting.”
Hunters are encouraged to fill out the online survey as it improves accuracy, saves printing and mailing costs and reduces processing time. Sheridan said the online method is more efficient.
“Each survey letter has instructions for applying online and a hunter key that must be entered to complete the survey,” Sheridan said. “By applying online, it saves the Game and Fish money in postage and processing and speeds up the procedure to compile survey results. But, regardless of the method used, it is important that the survey is completed.”
As with many big game surveys, not everyone who hunts small game or game birds receives a survey. Participants are randomly chosen. Once names are selected, response must be adequate to insure a statistically valid sampling is obtained.