Two New Surveys for Deer Hunters
In 2017, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) created two online surveys to capture the opinions of hunters and Indiana residents with an interest in deer management. The Indiana Deer Management Survey is available to all hunters, anglers, and non-hunting individuals who have an online account with the DNR. Participants receive an email from DFW to complete the survey after the close of the deer hunting season. Hunters may visit the secure link at INHuntFish.com to verify or correct existing contact information, including email address, or open an account to receive future surveys.
More than 31,000 participants completed the Deer Management Survey after the 2018-2019 deer hunting season, including more than 17,000 resident hunters and more than 2,500 resident non-hunters. On a scale of 0 to 100, the average rate resident hunters gave their overall enjoyment of the years’ hunting experience was 78. On a scale of 0 to 100, resident hunters gave the DNR an average score of 64 for managing deer on a statewide basis.
Full results for the most recent Deer Management Survey are published in the 2018 Indiana White-tailed Deer Report, available at deer.dnr.IN.gov
The After Hunt Survey is available to all successful hunters after checking in deer in the CheckIN Game system. Hunters are asked to rate the specific hunt, estimate how long it took to harvest that particular deer, and record biological measurements such as weight and age of the deer. Hunters may complete the survey immediately after checking in a deer or at a later time by visiting deer.dnr.IN.gov
During the 2018-2019 hunting season, more than 2,700 hunters completed the After Hunt Survey. That figure was approximately 44% more than in 2017-2018. Of the deer that hunters reported on, 40% were does, and 60% were bucks. There is no maximum number of hunters who can participate in the survey in each county. Having more hunters participate in the survey in each county helps ensure that the data collected for the county are more representative of the county’s deer population. Responses per county in 2018-2019 ranged from two to 49. Results for each county that achieved the minimum sample size will be reported on a county-by-county basis in the 2018 Indiana White-tailed Deer Report.
DFW encourages all hunters and interested citizens to participate in the Deer Management Survey and especially encourages hunters to complete the After Hunt Survey. This partnership between DFW and Indiana hunters will provide DFW with large amounts of data that should allow for more accurate management of the deer herd and help hunters understand more about the deer herd where they hunt.