Feds' survey puts bird hunters in sights

February 06, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

For the 1994-1995 hunting seasons for migratory birds, Maryland hunters will be required to take part in the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program, a federal effort designed to acquire more information on annual kills of migratory game birds.

Under the program, which was started in California, South Dakota and Missouri last year and is to be implemented in all states by 1997, persons purchasing hunting licenses must fill out a short questionnaire. The questions will deal with the hunter's success rate in the previous season.

Larry Hindman, leader of Maryland's migratory bird and waterfowl management programs, said the survey will provide better information on migratory game birds such as doves, woodcock and snipe.

"Basically what [the survey] is trying to correct is the sampling problem with the current federal duck stamp system," Hindman said. "Under this program all licensed migratory game bird hunters will be required to obtain a permit. . . . There will be a few questions about last year's hunting season success, and from those questions will be drawn a statistically valid sample of hunters."

The survey will provide state and federal wildlife managers a list of names and addresses of all migratory bird hunters, from which a sample can be selected and those people can be sent follow-up questionnaires.

"The sole purpose is to improve our harvest estimates," Hindman said, "and to gain additional harvest estimates on those species on which we have poor information right now."

Sports show

The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show opened a nine-day run at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., yesterday, and in addition to exhibits on hunting, fishing, camping and boating, there are a number of contests that are shows within the show.

A few of them are a fly-tying championship on next Saturday, a wildlife mount contest to be judged today, the Susquehanna River Gunning Decoy Contest to be judged on next Saturday, a youth BB gun championship, tomahawk throwing competitions, an amateur archery tournament to be held next Saturday, as well as competitions in duck and goose calling, elk calling, owl hooting, deer calling and turkey calling.

For more information on contest dates and hours as well as a schedule of seminars, call (717) 234-8141.

The show opens at 10 a.m. daily and admission is $9 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 free.

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