Game and Fish seeks hunters’ surveys

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for feedback on how your hunt went this year.

The department said registered hunters have received or will soon receive a harvest survey via mail or email. The survey, which gathers harvest information and feedback on this year’s hunting season, will be used in making future wildlife management decisions.

“This harvest survey is the best way to gather large amounts of data from the public,”Tim Woolley, the statewide wildlife and habitat management supervisor, said in a news release. “We use the responses to estimate harvest, hunter success and hunter effort. 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 goats, black bears, mountain lions, gray wolves, fall wild turkeys, spring wild turkeys, fur bearers, sandhill cranes 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 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 prizes. Those prizes are donated by Cheyenne Frontier Days, Ducks Unlimited, Hi Mountain Jerky, Huntin’ Fool, King’s Camo, JAX Outdoor Gear, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Muley Fanatic Foundation, the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, onXmaps, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Stone Glacier Hunting Backpacks, Whitetails Unlimited, Inc. and the 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.

“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,” she said, “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.”

Some hunters may receive a survey before their season ends. But, Game and Fish asks them 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 company that won the competitive bid.

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

Ski Club presentations open to public

The Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting a series of four parent-athlete education workshop presentations this fall.

The events will be open to other members of the community as well. The first presentation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lodge Room at Snow King Sports and Events Center.

The theme of the workshop is “Building champions in sport and life: blending core values, athletic excellence and long-term athlete development.” Ski Club Executive Director Brian Krill will be the presenter.

The series will continue with presentations Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 9.

Moose hockey returns

With temperatures in the single digits, stiff winds and snowfall, it means Jackson Hole Moose hockey is about to return to the ice at Snow King Sports and Events Center.

The Moose will open their regular season Nov. 15 and 16, with a two-game home stand against Park City, Utah. The Moose will remain at home the following week with games against Portland, Oregon, before hitting the road for the first time to take on the Vail (Colorado) Yeti on Dec. 6-7.

The Moose swept the regular-season series with Park City a year ago, winning 5-3 and 7-2. Last season ended on a sour note, with the Moose falling to bitter rival Sun Valley, Idaho, in the Joe Casey Cup championship.

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