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Wing Survey
Is anyone else participating in the Department Of The Interior Harvest Surveys? This is my third year so I assume my last for a while. I send wings from ducks and tail feathers and wing tips from geese.

RVZ
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I have participated for the last 3 years, so this year I was not asked.





Oxford, CT
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I have never been asked. Last year I was asked to send in whole birds for a contaminants study. After each hunt I would upload pics of the birds, share where they were harvested, and a biologist would get back to me fairly quickly as to if they wanted the birds or not. If they wanted them they sent a cooler with prepaid return shipping. I sent in quite a number of ducks and geese. Supposedly the results were to be shared with me before this season but so far nothing.
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I am. I got a letter asking I use last year's envelopes to help them cut costs. Problem is I sent all my leftovers back last year. So now I have no envelopes. I haven't been hunting yet and won't until Dec. 15 because of conflicting family plans, so I guess I have time to get the USF&WS to send me some envelopes before my season starts.

Eric
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I did that for a few years back in the late '70's or early '80's.
I have not heard from them since then.
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This will be my second year on the wing survey. Unfortunately I have no water currently in my private marsh(1st time in 17 years that I have owned this marsh) with no forecast of any significant rain in the near future and very few public options around me. I am truly just hoping to get out on a hunt or two this year.
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I've got a wing survey and a woodcock survey. Had the dove wing survey a few years ago.
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I've done a written harvest log 2 of the last 3 years, I didn't get asked this year. I would be curious to see how that data is actually used!




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Eric,
I ordered 30 to begin the season and received 10, then ordered another 30 and received 20, I am currently out of envelopes. Good luck with your season.

RVZ
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Blake,
I hope you get a few hunts in to. I think this drought has affected our entire migration this year. I have been hunting ducks for forty years and this years migration is the strangest one yet. I"m on the Indiana / Michigan border.

RVZ
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Cody,
I did a written survey the last two years for Indiana only. I hope the information we send in helps with whatever they are looking for. Maybe a cross reference to the HIP survey we take when purchasing our license.

RVZ
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I've done it the last few seasons. Haven't received them this year due to the envelope shortages and I didn't have any leftovers last season.

I was also asked to keep a log for the feds, which is now an online portal vs. the old handwritten one. So I have been doing that.

I also save the carcasses for the local biologist to swab for avian flu.
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Coastal NJ
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I'm not in the questionnaire survey or wing survey this year. I've heard about the envelope shortage, but I don't have any leftover from last year.

Thank you for those who participate, your information is used to assess populations and help with setting regulations. Here is a link to the article I wrote this year for the DU magazine on the harvest survey. https://www.ducks.org/...-management?poe=home


I've posted links before showing the results of the harvest survey, here is the report that estimates harvest by species for each state, flyway and the whole country. https://www.fws.gov/...1-22-hunting-seasons

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Participated the last three years so out for a while. The return info was very generic..."hen blue bill age unknown, Canada goose sex and age unknow".
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Brad,
That was a very informative article you wrote for DU. As for the envelope shortage, I threw my leftover envelopes away from last year. I assumed they were serial numbered for each user.

RVZ
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There is page on the USF&WS for those participating in the harvest survey to request more envelopes. I just sent my request. Hopefully I'll have them in a couple weeks when I start hunting. This early season has been a bust for me. Too many family events preventing me from going. It's a shame too because this season has been off to a HOT START for Thomas and crew. One of the best starts I can ever remember.

Migratory Bird Harvest Surveys Materials Request | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (fws.gov)

Eric Patterson
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I'm doing the online daily hunting log. I like it, easy to do, all online!





Oxford, CT
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I'm on my fourth year now. So guess I have another 2 after this season and didn't have issues with the envelopes and I have some leftover from last year.

Have yet to hunt this year though as putting more focus on deer plus the ducks don't really come down until January anyways anymore.



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Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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I?m turning them in, 2nd year. There is an email you can reply to and they will send more envelopes