Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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N.Y. setting stage for online harvest reports

Albany – Letting the state know where and how you took your buck
or bear should be as easy as a few computer mouse clicks this
fall.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to have
a Web site set up this fall on which hunters will be able to report
their big-game take.

The DEC believes this will make it easier for hunters to let the
state know the success they’ve had, which in turn will give the
agency better data to use for management purposes, said Doug Stang,
the DEC’s assistant director of fish, wildlife and marine
resources.

The Web site address wasn’t ready for public release as of press
time, but Stang said the DEC has gotten a “promise” from Verizon –
which is developing the site – that it will be ready for the fall
big-game seasons.

For those who aren’t Web-savvy or who favor the traditional
phone reporting system, the phone system will be improved this year
as well, Stang said. It will use voice recognition software that
will make it easier for hunters to use the call-in program, Stang
said.

The DEC needs to underscore that deer and bear hunters are
required to report their take, Stang said.

“A lot of folks don’t understand it’s mandatory. Unfortunately,
they view it as optional,” he said.

Getting more hunters to report their kill is important to the
DEC, he said.

Big-game take data is one of the factors used to determine
where, and how many, doe permits will be issued as well as other
DEC habitat and management decisions.

“The higher level of reporting we get, the better data we have
and the more precise our estimates are,” Stang said.

The computer reporting and phone systems will put data directly
into DEC databases, an advantage over the old mail-in card system
in which staff had to manually enter the responses from
hunters.

Stang said details about the new reporting systems, including
the Web address that will be used, will be included in the hunting
guide for next fall.

“We have a commitment from Verizon that they’re going to have it
ready, so if it doesn’t happen we’re really going to hear about
it,” Stang said.

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