November 24, 2011

Mandatory hunter report reminders are in the mail

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   Deer, elk and pronghorn hunters who have not yet filed their hunter reports will be getting a reminder postcard in the mail this week.

   Many hunts are still open, and some continue through the end of November or December. This is just a friendly reminder to urge hunters to file their reports sooner, by putting in their hands the different ways they can report.

   Fish and Game used to send letters to all hunters who had not reported on their tags. Now Fish and Game saves money by sending a reminder post card in November. Fish and Game will follow-up in December and January, with a random telephone survey of some hunters who have not filed their reports, to gather as much hunting and harvest information as possible.

   If hunters file soon after they are done hunting, biologists have more time to analyze the data and make informed management decisions for the fall 2012 season.

   This year, 137,600 hunters purchased 205,100 tags - one to six tags per hunter. As of Nov. 14, 31,900 hunter reports have been filed, and they are coming in at about 1,000 reports per day.

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