The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been monitoring the harvest of migratory birds in the United States since 1955. In partnership with state wildlife agencies, the Service gets names, addresses, and previous hunting activity information for each registered migratory bird hunter via the Harvest Information Program. We draw a statistical sample from the lists of hunters and send selected hunters an invitation to participate in the migratory bird harvest survey.
Hunters are asked to record a log of the date, location, and number of birds taken, as well as the number of birds downed but lost. There are 5 separate surveys based on species or species group: 1) doves and band-tailed pigeons; 2) waterfowl (ducks, sea ducks, geese, and brant); 3) American woodcock; 4) snipe, rails, gallinules, and coots; and 5) sandhill cranes. Each survey is conducted for the specific state in which the hunter registered to hunt.
The data collected by this survey are used to estimate the harvest of each species or species group, the number of days hunted, the number of active hunters, and the number of birds bagged per hunter in each state for which there is a hunting season for that species or species group.
This information on harvest and hunter activity is used to make decisions about hunting seasons (such as season length, begin and end dates, or bag limits) at both the state and federal levels. The results of the hunting log survey are combined with additional information from the Parts Collection Survey (another harvest survey in which hunters submit wings from the birds they shoot during the hunting season) to provide species-specific estimates and other information such as sex and age ratios. These estimates can be found in the annual Hunting Activity and Harvest Report available on the FWS website.
Authority:Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712); 50 CFR 20.20
Purpose:FWS collects this information in order to administer Migratory Bird Population and Harvest Surveys.
Routine Uses:This information may be shared in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the routine uses listed in System of Records Notice INTERIOR/FWS-26, Migratory Bird Population and Harvest Surveys - 80 FR 27183 (May 12, 2015).
Disclosure:Furnishing this information is voluntary; however, failure to provide all the requested information may prevent you from being able to participate in a Migratory Bird survey.
We are collecting this information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501) in order to estimate annual migratory bird harvest and to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974. Your response is voluntary. According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. OMB has approved this collection of information and assigned Control No. 1018-0023.
We estimate it will take you an average of 3 to 5 minutes to complete the survey, including time to read instructions, gather information, complete, and submit the survey. Direct comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of the form to the Service Information Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: BPHC, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, or via email at Info_Coll@fws.gov.