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Correction to "Report by Phone" Story

In a news release dated January 2, 2001, a phone number to report big game harvest was incorrect. The corrected release with an important message about being "on hold" at this number follows. Hunters Can Report by Phone Successful deer and elk hunters can either mail their harvest report cards or, for the first time, call the information in by phone. The toll-free number is 1-877-268-9365. The number will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The contractor providing this service has a limited number of lines, and when they are all busy, callers are switched immediately to a waiting line with a radio station background. If this happens, hold on for a free line or call back later. Hunters should have their tag numbers in front of them when they make the call because the operator will not be able to look up the tag from the license number. The toll-free call system was added for the convenience of hunters. Information they provide is important to the process of setting hunting seasons for next year. Hunters who killed elk or deer in 2000 are required to provide information on their hunt to Fish and Game. Those who were unsuccessful are not required to report. Hunters should note that the reporting system will change for next year with details to be explained in the new proclamation booklet.