I agree there should be better ways to collect hunters comments, wants and needs. If they could afford it I think they would, hell without WAI pushing for a survey and a few other that donated funds we would never be looking at 2011 survey. Its about getting the best bang for what little money they have.
How much you think in mailing alone it would cost, I can't remember exactly but I think it was like $2.00 per person, postage envelops, return postage etc.... 35,000 waterfowlers X 2= $75,000 and you got quite a bit of funds rapped up just in that let alone all the other cost of getting the professional non-bias question writers and everyone else to get the survey together. I know, there is other ways, websites etc etc. websites tend to draw more passioate waterfowlers such as all of us here and I have a hard time thinking some website surveys are a true majority feeling.
Also remember the waterfowl staff, Guy, has to justify everything on up the chain to Division Chief, Dale Garner. Some always blame Guy but sometimes its not from lack of trying on his part. Then remember Dale has to justify on up the chain where it stops in the capitol where it all gets jacked up even worse.
WE all know shit runs down hill and sometimes those people calling and compaining about issues such as moving the seasons or issues like duck and pheasant openers are not all from us waterfowlers per say and sometime that one person has more power than all of us combined......