Now that hunting season is over, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is calling a sample of 160,000 hunters to gather harvest information on this year's hunt.
The survey asks randomly selected hunters a series of short questions about their hunting effort and harvest success for big game, turkeys, upland game birds, and wolves. Wildlife managers say the research is vital to understanding the results of the 2013 season and for setting next season's hunting regulations.
"The survey is also a useful tool to get some other crucial information," said Justin Gude, FWP's research bureau chief for the Wildlife Division. "For example, we record reports of where and when people have seen wolves to aid in the monitoring of wolf populations."
The hunter harvest surveys will continue through March.