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Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:53:05 AM »
Last night Kyle the Waterfowl section manager supplied an amazing Statistic at the NW chapter Washington Waterfowl Association meeting. Roughly 45k people purchased the State migratory  bird stamp/endorsement, and yet less than 25k hunters reported their results via the HIP survey taken when you purchase the following years license. You know the one they ask how many geese, ducks, snipe coots, band tailed pigeon and doves you harvested the previous year...
https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/harvest-surveys/harvest-information-program.php

The question is why? Why report that you didn't hunt? The Huge 20k hunter number means there are at least of couple of big reasons why people choose to inaccurately report. I would like to think of this as a brain storming session to help guide better decision making. Throw out the reasons your friend or cousin reports he didnt hunt when he actually did.  ;)
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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2018, 11:19:42 AM »
Last night Kyle the Waterfowl section manager supplied an amazing Statistic at the NW chapter Washington Waterfowl Association meeting. Roughly 45k people purchased the State migratory  bird stamp/endorsement, and yet less than 25k hunters reported their results via the HIP survey taken when you purchase the following years license. You know the one they ask how many geese, ducks, snipe coots, band tailed pigeon and doves you harvested the previous year...
https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/harvest-surveys/harvest-information-program.php

The question is why? Why report that you didn't hunt? The Huge 20k hunter number means there are at least of couple of big reasons why people choose to inaccurately report. I would like to think of this as a brain storming session to help guide better decision making. Throw out the reasons your friend or cousin reports he didnt hunt when he actually did.  ;)

I think it boils down to trust.
Many think if they report accurately WDFW or USFW will manage seasons differently, most likely negatively?
Consider the pintail limits. Many were mad when we were forced to only shoot one, when the fact that they are extremely prolific in the Pacific Flyway was ignored in favor of lesser numbers elsewhere, in other flyways.
Why are we still having to purchase and log snow goose cards? They extended the season on them, they are growing in numbers, expanding their territory, yet we have to log each one we shoot and send in results.
Many people do not trust any government agency. Can we blame them?

Maybe people are just lazy?
Maybe a lot of guys don't shoot that many birds and feel inadequate to their instagram counterparts?
Guys falsify daily reports at Refuges all the time. They don't want others to know how good blind A shot.

For the record- I fill them out. Not sure why. How do they even record the information? I report all of my tags each year- yet they somehow always say I didn't report at least one and charge me $10. Maybe 20k reports got lost, like my sons turkey tag report, every single year...
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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2018, 11:20:43 AM »
I buy licenses (some full season, some 3 day) in four different states and I always report to the best of my recollection my harvest in that state the previous year.  The main excuse I can think of for others that don't report is that they might mistakenly believe that under-reporting will lead the state to believe less birds were taken and that they will continue to set higher limits as a result?

Also maybe that someone doesn't want the state to know that maybe they have 100 ducks in their freezer at home when the limit might be 2 days possession?  Sounds screwy until you think that last year the fish cops in California descended on Lambertville, CA (a concentration of about 40 duck shacks) and wrote many, many tickets for possession over the limit. 

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2018, 11:26:10 AM »
I would say the #1 reason is probably the same as for big game and fish - there is a fear that the more you report, the less opportunity there will be.

For fish and crab, the online reporting tool can be cumbersome, you have to report each day, each catch, each marine area and it can take a ton of effort if you get out there frequently.

For waterfowl, I don't know as it is easy, I don't keep tallies but take an educated guess as to the number of days and birds killed.

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 11:27:55 AM »
Also maybe that someone doesn't want the state to know that maybe they have 100 ducks in their freezer at home when the limit might be 2 days possession?  Sounds screwy until you think that last year the fish cops in California descended on Lambertville, CA (a concentration of about 40 duck shacks) and wrote many, many tickets for possession over the limit.

If they are in the freezer, they do not count as part of your possession limit.

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2018, 11:34:55 AM »
Also maybe that someone doesn't want the state to know that maybe they have 100 ducks in their freezer at home when the limit might be 2 days possession?  Sounds screwy until you think that last year the fish cops in California descended on Lambertville, CA (a concentration of about 40 duck shacks) and wrote many, many tickets for possession over the limit.

If they are in the freezer, they do not count as part of your possession limit.

99% sure that is false by the rule of the law but I have never heard it enforced. Sorry for the sidetrack to original intent of the thread
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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2018, 12:03:51 PM »
Also maybe that someone doesn't want the state to know that maybe they have 100 ducks in their freezer at home when the limit might be 2 days possession?  Sounds screwy until you think that last year the fish cops in California descended on Lambertville, CA (a concentration of about 40 duck shacks) and wrote many, many tickets for possession over the limit.

If they are in the freezer, they do not count as part of your possession limit.
Maybe not in WA State but in other states they do.

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 12:17:43 PM »
I think it boils down to fear of having data used against you. Many people fear that by reporting accurately how many birds they killed they will in turn get the data used against them and shorten seasons or bag limits. Take salmon seasons and marine areas for instance. People that report to fish checkers that they caught "x" amount of juvenile kings in a day while out fishing have that data turned around and used against them. WDFW applies a mortality rate to a percentage of those juvenile fish caught and considers them "encounters" which in turn burns up the quota and gets the season shut down. Now their is a large following of people that don't report any other fish caught then what was legal and for good reason. Just my  :twocents:

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2018, 12:45:07 PM »
I believe there are a lot of honest ethical people that have an aversion to telling the government anything.
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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2018, 12:57:49 PM »
And time crunch. If you're in line buying a license at customer service at a big-box sporting goods store and six other people are in line behind you to return merchandise or pick up an order, you might feel pressure to just say "did not hunt" and get out of there rather than trying to remember how many honkers you killed last season.

My dad always cites the lack of trust of game departments for why he doesn't report.

I trust them. I report. Generation gap!

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2018, 01:27:03 PM »
I always report, but this time the store didn't even ask me :dunno:

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2018, 04:05:45 AM »
I believe there are a lot of honest ethical people that have an aversion to telling the government anything.

Totally agree; I always report honestly, but I'm not the Big Killer of #'s as in my past.
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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2018, 04:15:46 AM »
I bought migratory bird last year and didnít hunt.

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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2018, 10:16:53 AM »
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Re: Why do people say they didnt hunt on the HIP
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2018, 12:22:42 PM »
I bought a WA license last year, is the only way to report this at the time of the next year's purchase? And is it a requirement? Honestly, I didn't give any thought to it until this thread came up. I'll be buying a WA license again, just curious if some of the non-reports come from folks that don't hunt the next year.

In OR the questionnaire is pretty basic. 0, 1-10, or 10+ for ducks, geese, and dove. Nothing more specific.

I believe there are a lot of honest ethical people that have an aversion to telling the government anything.


 :yeah: I'm in the same boat. But I have to hope that they're using these management tool. What else do they have to go  off of? It's funny - sportsman complain that bios aren't listening to them when they tell them how many predators they're seeing, but then we don't want to tell them how many animals we're harvesting.

 

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