Deer hunter survey returns critical

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I had the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) deer program administrator, Dr. Mike Tonkovich, on my radio show late last month and he said that the agency is in the process of revising county deer population goals and is asking hunters that receive a mailed survey to help by completing and returning it as soon as possible.“Unlike previous surveys,” he explained, “there is no need to wait until the end of the season to submit these surveys.”He stressed the importance of the feedback. Among other things, the results will help define short-term population goals (increase, decrease, or remain stable). Results from this survey will be combined with the responses from over 11,000 farmers who have already completed a similar survey. Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16.Tonkovich explained that public input is an important part of Ohio’s deer management program, and survey participants are asked to complete and return their surveys. By returning their surveys, hunters can ensure that they have a clear voice in helping to decide the direction of deer management in Ohio. The information provided will remain confidential, and will only be used and presented as a summary of all responses as a whole.He added that the ODOW manages Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes, and that the goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Information about balancing deer numbers versus deer quality can be found in the publication: Quality vs. Quantity: A Closer Look at Deer Herd Condition Trends in Ohio at: wildohio.gov.last_img

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