Oh, sure, we get it. You never want to answer a call from an unknown number. It's rarely anything good, right?

No, you don't want to buy an extended warranty for a car you sold 8 years ago. No, you don't want the ultra-premium deluxe add-on to your internet service. No, you don't want to buy a radio advertising package from Denny Bedard. Hey, wait a minute, are you sure?

Well, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is sure hoping you will consider giving them a couple minutes of your time. It's not too intrusive or hard sell, and it could go a long way in helping determine future legislation. Besides, hunters like to talk hunting.

Montana FWP is conducting harvest and sighting surveys by phone. The survey asks randomly selected hunters a series of short questions about their hunting effort, harvest success, and sighting information. Wildlife managers say the research is vital to understanding the results of the 2021 season.

This could take a while. Not the length of the call to you, but the time it will take to gather data. FWP will call a sample of more than 100,000 hunters to gather harvest and sighting information from this past hunting season. The species being surveyed this session will include moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, antelope, deer, turkey, upland game birds and wolf.

Please be assured that while survey callers will ask for details about your hunting effort, harvest success, or contact information, they will never ask for sensitive information like your Social Security Number or request donations or payments.

As you can imagine, getting 100,000 hunters to participate will take some doing. Montana FWP will be making survey call through May, 2022. If you have not received a call yet, please help them out if you do.

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