Hunter Report Form for Deer, Elk and Pronghorn
Friday, February 12, 2016
A. If you purchased a deer, elk or pronghorn tag in Idaho, you need to file a Hunter Report, even if you did not hunt or did not harvest an animal. The law guiding Hunter Reports requires a hunter to file a report within 10 days of the end of his or her season, at the latest.
A. To get started you will need your tag number or your hunting license number. Then you can go HERE or call the toll-free 1-877-268-9365 to speak to a live operator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you chose to report online, be sure to hit the SUBMIT button at the end of the form.
A. You will be asked if you hunted, the number of days and the game management units you hunted.
If you harvested an animal, you will be asked additional questions, such as the date of harvest, sex of an animal, the number of antler points on deer or elk, or the length of horns on pronghorn (in inches), and the weapon used.
A. You can call 1-877-268-9365 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The operator will verify your identity, then look up your tag number and take your hunter report. You can also call the Wildlife Bureau at (208) 334-2920 during business hours.
A. Some late season hunts go until December 31, but most hunts are over by December 1. Collecting harvest information as early as possible, helps Fish and Game begin the process of setting next year’s hunting season. The earlier Fish and Game can set next year’s seasons, the more it helps hunters with planning for next year’s hunts.
If you are still hunting after December 1, please report as soon as you have finished hunting, or within 10 days of the end of your season, at the latest.
A. If you file your Hunter Report by December 1, or within 10 days of your season ending, you will be entered into a special drawing for an extra tag for deer, elk, or pronghorn. Yes, this is to encourage hunters to report their information as soon as possible.
A. The Hunter Report is one of the best ways to get hunting and harvest information at a game management unit level.
Idaho Fish and Game has collected hunting and harvest information since the 1950s beginning with check stations. Check stations are a good way to contact hunters and to collect biological data from the animals, but Fish and Game really needs to hear from hunters all across the state to estimate the number of animals harvested.
A. Wildlife managers use the information to make changes to next year’s seasons.
Hunting behavior and harvest estimates, along with aerial counts and other information, are important tools wildlife managers use to monitor big game populations in a particular game unit over time.
A. Most hunters like seeing harvest estimates well before the application period for fall controlled hunts. If Fish and Game receives hunter data as early as possible, wildlife managers are able to complete the harvest estimates sooner for you to use in planning your trip next fall.
Also, without timely hunting and harvest information, managers are forced to be more conservative with hunting opportunities. When Fish and Game receives hunter data as early as possible, it provides a more complete picture of game populations to base decisions on for next year’s seasons.
Reporting early also enters hunters in the special drawing for an extra elk, deer or pronghorn tag.