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Bella
October 11, 2009, 05:11 PM
The other day I recieved a letter from our department of wildlife. The letter indicated that they knew I had a deer tag for the upcoming season. They also asked if I would volunteer to help them in their study of our deer herd.

The letter had a list of body parts they want me to remove from the deer and send to them. A dozen parts are listed. If I do this by a certain date, I'll be entered into a drawing for a new Henry Rimfire Lever Action.

I guess I'll do it if I get lucky and get a deer. I just thought this was a strange request. Has anyone else here ever gotten such a request?

bswiv
October 11, 2009, 05:31 PM
In years past while hunting Cumberland Island Ga. we were requested to collect blood samples from our kills. The rangers showed us how to do it properly and gave us vials to collect it in.

Not unusual to be asked to help in managing the resource. It saves the Game Managers a lot of money if we hunters help out. I'd do it.

troy_mclure
October 11, 2009, 06:25 PM
many places do this, teeth from bear, teeth and brain matter from elk, etc...

when i was trapping in southern ohio a local ranger asked me to save the liver and kidneys of any muskrats and beaver i trapped.

armoredman
October 11, 2009, 07:42 PM
Pics of the rifle when you win. :)

rr2241tx
October 12, 2009, 05:25 PM
Strange request, but the worst thing that could happen is you'd win a rifle and have every boy in your family tree trying to talk you out of it.

cnimrod
October 16, 2009, 08:41 PM
NY was looking for buck genitalia (with the hair on) one year- no rifle giveaway tho.
good luck!

T. O'Heir
October 17, 2009, 12:08 AM
"...a strange request..." Not really. Helping the Department of Wildlife isn't a bad thing. Not an unusual request either. In some places, turning in body parts is required. No polite request involved.
"...Pics of the rifle when you win..." Do a search for Henry rifles.

cornbush
October 20, 2009, 05:58 PM
Some areas in Idaho send out sample collection kits, if you harvest and dont send in the sample you are not eligible for a tag the next year. Its easy and gets them info on the animals so I dont see it as a big deal.

zahnzieh
October 20, 2009, 10:58 PM
I"ve never heard about hunters having to send in body parts - in Illinois they remove body parts at gun season check-ins. I suppose it is your state's way to save money in hard times. Archery season check-in stations have gone the way of the do-do bird, they dont exist anymore! last year they even closed some counties gun-check-in stations due to budgetary problems - we just called them in.