This questions was emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org:
If deer can be registered via telephone, why can't hunters be surveyed at the same time?
Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader, says:
Technology really gives us expanded opportunities to involve a wider breadth of the public than we’ve ever been able to do in the past. So there’s a lot of interest I think amongst hunters in terms of sharing information and observations with the department. ... So I think that’s something that we’re going to explore going forward: How can we enhance the sharing of information both to and from the department with the public. I think that’s a really good thing to have hunters want to discuss. We need to make sure that we’re doing those in a way that provides the department with really good statistical information which implies some randomness, making sure that folks who generally wouldn’t always take the survey are participating. And also being aware, that when you get a deer out in the field, you’ve got a lot going on. You need to get the deer out, get it cooled down, get it processed. And that’s not always the best opportunity to ask hunters a bunch of questions. I think we want to explore how we can get folks more engaged. I think those are going to be conversations that occur here going forward and then part of those conversations just need to be making sure that we’re proceeding in a way that involves everyone and provides really good information.
Thanks for asking!