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Hunter Harvest Survey uncovers wildlife management statistics – Discover Estevan

Oct 18 2023

With hunting season upon us, it’s time to go over the numbers of last year’s Hunter Harvest Survey.

Saskatchewan’s Hunter Harvest Survey has been mandatory for four years now to help combat poaching, regulate draws, and conserve the province’s wildlife. The survey records how many licenses are sold and how many people do the survey, then creates an estimate of the success rate of big game animal hunters.

Dale Barks, Wildlife Ecologist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, interprets the numbers.

“The Hunter Harvest Survey is one piece of the wildlife management puzzle, but it’s a really important piece,” explained Barks. “It allows us to get a variety of data from hunters who are acting as our eyes and ears on the landscape… The information they provide through the survey is crucial, and it’s combined with other data sets to help make sure our quotas and seasons are set to remain as sustainable as possible going into the future.”

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