Hunters who have not yet filed their mandatory hunter reports might be getting a phone call.
Fish and Game is calling a random sample of hunters who have not yet filed their required reports. It includes only individuals whose hunts closed by December 1.
Calls will be made in the evenings through Friday, December 23. At least three attempts will be made to reach each hunter, at different times. Hunters who don't want to be called, should file their reports online.
Hunters who already have filed all their reports will not get a call.
Another sample of hunters , whose hunts extended later into December, will be selected at random to be called in January. These phone calls are critical for estimating the harvest and hunting participation by hunters who failed to file their reports.
So far, 89,000 reports have been filed of 216,000 tags sold for deer, elk and pronghorn. The reports are coming in at about 1,500 per day.
Hunters are required to file a report on their deer, elk and pronghorn hunts within 10 days after harvesting, or within 10 days after the end of the hunt if they did not harvest. They are required to file a report for each tag they bought, whether they went hunting or not.
To make it easier to file, Fish and Game has a 24-hour, toll-free phone line to speak to a live operator when filing reports. Call 1-877-268-9365 to file reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hunters will need their tag and hunting license numbers.
Or go to the Fish and Game Website to file a report at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/harvest_report/.
To file reports, hunters need to know their tag numbers or hunting license numbers, the number of days they hunted, the game management units they hunted in, the date they harvested, and the number of antler points on the animal they harvested, or the length of the horns for pronghorns in inches.
These harvest data are valuable to Idaho Fish and Game for managing big game populations.
Hunters who have not filed their reports were sent a reminder postcard in mid-November. Some hunts are still open, a few until the end of December. Reports should be filed when the hunt is over.
Harvest data for past years is available on the Fish and Game website at:
- Deer: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=116.
- Elk: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=115.
- Pronghorn: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=119.
For questions or problems entering a hunter report please call the Fish and Game Wildlife Bureau at 208-334-2920.