Oklahoma Bowhunter Observation Survey

The Bowhunter Observation Survey is a new project the Wildlife Department will use to track year-to-year changes in Oklahoma wildlife populations. Because bowhunters typically spend many hours in the field observing wildlife, this group of hunters provide some of the best information on certain wildlife species that are difficult to monitor using other survey methods. Interested bowhunters will need to sign up to participate.

Participating bowhunters will keep track of the type and number of animals observed, the amount of time spent bowhunting, and the county in which observations were recorded. Bowhunters will select a method of keeping track of their observations that works best for them. Below is a printable Bowhunter Observation Diary form that can be brought into the field, or hunters may prefer to use an application on their smartphone or simply a piece of paper and pencil.

If you have already signed up and would like to submit your observations, a link to the data submission form can be found below. The data submission form is only accessible to hunters who have signed up (you will need a User ID). The survey period is October 1 through November 30.

Observation information is summarized and reported as the number of each species seen for every 1,000 hours hunted. When we compile the report we will e-mail it to all participants and post a link to the pdf on this page. If you have questions about any aspect of this project please don't hesitate to contact us.

Jerrod Davis, Furbearer Biologist: jerrod.davis@odwc.ok.gov

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