“We would be extremely grateful for any licensed bow hunter’s assistance with this project, and this survey will give them the opportunity to be part of the deer and turkey management process,” Meduna said.

Establishing reliable, long-term indices is essential for making informed decisions about the management of harvested game species such as deer and turkeys. A hunter observational survey like this is citizen science at its best. It provides a wealth of quality information and metrics to wildlife biologists at a large spatial scale or even a more localized scale at a lower cost.

Hunter sighting surveys are used by several natural resource conservation agencies as a well-founded means of collecting data to monitor trends and dynamics of wildlife populations.

The Bow Hunter Survey is another tool that will work alongside other Nebraska deer and turkey surveys to develop effective management strategies and hunting seasons. To view the results of the 2020 survey, visit https://bit.ly/3lBlCm7.

The success of the investigation rests with us, the archery hunters of Nebraska. Remember, your facts will make a real difference to wildlife conservation.