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Understanding the Tribe’s harvest activities over time helps the Inland Fish and Wildlife Department comprehend our impact on the fish and wildlife populations. Accurate harvest statistics are important for several reasons. First, we need to ensure the sustainability of our harvest for future generations. Second, we need to ensure our members have the opportunity and ability to harvest fish and wildlife to sustain their families and their way of life. Lastly, but certainly not least, accurate harvest statistics are vital to protect the tribe’s treaty right in the face of constant opposition.

Harvest reports are mandatory and the earlier IFWD receives them, the more accurate our annual harvest statistics are. Accurate harvest data is the cornerstone of protecting the tribe’s treaty rights and the resources they depend on.

Harvest reports should be filled out for the 2016 season. Some seasons, small game and trapping do not end with the calendar year. In these cases, please report harvest that takes place on a 2016 permit. Here is an example: snowshoe hares harvested in January 2017 should be reported on the 2016 harvest report. We ask that you report your fishing activity using the calendar year. Harvest reported on the Inland Harvest Report is for inland lakes and streams only.

Fish caught in the Great Lakes, including the St. Mary’s River, Munoscong Bay, or Bay de Noc, should not be included on this report.

Harvest report forms can be obtained by contacting the IFWD or online. To acquire it online go to the Sault Tribe Web site saultribe.com. Under membership services click on Natural Resources, from this page click on “For application please click here.” It can be printed out and mailed in to the address below.

The harvest report is due Feb. 1 and can be turned in or mailed to 2428 Shunk Rd. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Harvest reports are mandatory. The IFWD thanks you for your cooperation and we hope you have had a safe and successful 2017 hunting season.

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