Waterfowl season has been closed for a couple of months, but hopefully the memories are still fresh. LDWF, LSU, and Delta Waterfowl are asking for your participation in a waterfowl hunter survey that was released last week and will be soliciting responses until May 31. This is a cooperative project to gather information on hunting activity and success, satisfaction with hunting opportunity, and regulatory preferences on things such as zones, splits, and season structure. The data will be used to inform decisions on waterfowl management plans within the state and potential regulations changes at the Flyway level.
This survey has 2 components: 1) a mail-out survey to 2,500 randomly selected waterfowl hunters, and 2) the exact same survey posted on the internet for ALL waterfowl hunters to participate. One of the research questions is to compare the responses from the 2 different sampling techniques. The management goal is to cost-effectively get opinions from as many hunters as possible. In the first week, we had just over 150 hunters participate on the internet survey, and I'd like to get closer to 2,000 by May 31. We have about 70,000 active waterfowl hunters in Louisiana, so there are lots of potential participants.
So I'm asking for y'all to participate in the survey, AND to pass the link around to all of your duck-hunting friends and family asking them to participate too. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, is completely confidential, and will provide information to help guide waterfowl management decisions.
The link to the survey is: http://www.survey.lsu.edu/waterfowlsurvey/
There is also a flash banner on the front page of our website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/
It's the second picture in the series, and you can click on it and go to the survey.
I'd really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this survey and providing your experience, satisfaction, and opinions to inform future management decisions.
LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader