The Government of Saskatchewan manages big game populations such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk and pronghorn antelope. To help us understand the many aspects of wildlife populations such as size, productivity (e.g., calves per cow), reproduction (e.g., cows per bull), diseases, harvest levels and human-wildlife issues, we use three different types of surveys.
- Trend Surveys
- Population\Density Surveys
- Herd structure\Sex and Age Surveys
Information can be collected several ways, including surveys that take place throughout the year. Volunteers help to collect data for white-tail deer and mule deer in the province, through the Co-operative Deer Management Survey. We conduct different surveys through roadside surveys or aerial surveys. When we drive or fly our surveys, we use many different techniques that are specific to the species surveyed and information required to assess the populations.
Upland Game Bird Survey
Help us monitor upland game birds across the province. Each time you see an individual or group of upland game birds at a new location, please fill out the online Upland Game Bird Survey.
If you regularly see birds at the same location, please provide continued reports of the same single bird or group of upland game birds throughout the year. As a general guideline, one report per season will tell us about breeding success, the number of young birds and the survival of those young birds throughout the year.
Reports from your hunting experiences are also useful, but please record the number of birds after your hunt, not before it. All observations will be used solely for conservation and management of these species. The locations will not be shared publicly so birds are not overly disturbed and favourite hunting spots remain private.
Co-operative Deer Management Survey
The Co-operative Deer Management Survey (CDMS) is a long-standing, volunteer-based survey that provides the ministry with valuable deer productivity and herd structure information for making management decisions. In 2016, the survey will include the addition of moose and elk observations and the ability to record observations online. The ministry is exploring options to record observations using a mobile device in addition to the traditional printed format. If you enjoy observing wildlife and spending time outdoors, join the CDMS and contribute to wildlife management in Saskatchewan. To sign up, or for more information, contact the Provincial Deer Biologist at 306-786-1425.