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Preliminary Results of the On-line Survey of Pheasant and Quail Stamp Buyers
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife would like to thank all who responded to our on-line survey of pheasant and quail stamp buyers. A total of 753 responses were recorded in this first effort of using the Internet to gather data directly from license buyers.
The following is a summary of the information we received:
The results of this survey will be combined with those from a similar mail questionnaire distributed on selected WMAs on opening day. The information generated will serve as a guide for program improvements planned for the near future.
- Respondents reported having hunted for an average of 11.5 years.
- 55% of stamp buyers were under the age of 40 while only 48% of the general license buyers were in this age group.
- Respondents actively hunted pheasant and quail an average of 7.9 days per year.
- Ocean County accounted for the greatest number of stamp buyers (10%).
- Assunpink is the most popular Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with 13% of the respondents hunting there.
- Many (63%) hunt more than one WMA each year with the average being 2.4 WMAs per season.
- Hunters appreciate company and 85% of the pheasant and quail stamp buyers are accompanied by an average of 2 other hunters when they go afield.
- Hunting with a dog is also popular with 63% reporting hunting with a dog.
- Pheasant and quail stamp buyers also pursue other game; 75% also report hunting for deer and 32% for ducks.
- 60% hunt both weekdays and Saturdays
- Of all the respondents 78% do not belong to a hunting club but 46% of respondents hunt private land in addition to Wildlife Management Areas.
- 45.4% of the WMA hunters reported bagging 6 or more pheasants during the most recent hunting season.
- The "number of pheasants stocked" was the most frequently reported enjoyment factor.
- "Crowding" was the least enjoyable aspect of the hunting experience reported by most respondents.
- 91% would hunt on Sundays, if Sunday hunting on WMAs was permitted.
- 86% reported that parking was adequate.
- Stamp buyers were evenly divided on whether the stamp was too expensive.
- The single most (80%) requested change in the program was to stock more birds.
Thanks again to all those who took the time to complete the survey. This type of information aids us in doing a better job of managing the states wildlife resource and providing wildlife-oriented recreation.
Joe Penkala, Supervising Biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management