Hunter Surveys

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Chocolate lab with mallardFor decades, hunters have played a large and important role in the successful management of waterfowl populations.

When waterfowl biologists conduct population surveys, they get an understanding of how many ducks and geese are in the population each year. But that is only part of the equation.

Harvest surveys help waterfowl managers understand how many ducks and geese are being killed by hunters each year—and when and where they are being taken. This information, which is provided by hunters, is important for setting season lengths and bag limits that match the current size of waterfowl populations. This helps to ensure that our waterfowl resources—and the hunting tradition—will be around for future generations to enjoy.

The links to the right describe the major hunter survey efforts.