From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources has contracted Responsive Management to conduct a major hunter survey in February and March. The survey will be a random telephone survey.
West Virginia residents who are randomly selected are encouraged to participate in the survey even if they do not hunt.
“We are charged with managing wildlife for all West Virginians, and we value their opinions,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section chief. “Even if you do not hunt, we would like your opinion in our survey.”
Responsive Management is a national leader in wildlife and conservation surveys, Taylor said. “We have contracted their expertise to play an integral role in determining hunting participation across West Virginia. In addition to hunting participation, we will be gathering sociological information pertaining to West Virginia residents’ opinions on the deer population in their counties.”
It is essential to have an accurate estimate of hunters by season type and county to make effective management recommendations, according to Taylor. Results from the Responsive Management survey should be available by late July.