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Title:2016-2017 Illinois Hunter Harvest Report
Author(s):Williams, Brent D.; Miller, Craig A.; Campbell, Linda K.; Conat, Ryan J.
Subject(s):Hunting activities
Hunter recruitment
Hunter retention
Hunter harvest
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:A random sample of 5,000 hunters was selected from 2016 Illinois resident Habitat Stamp and hunting license holders. Selected individuals were mailed an 8-page self-administered uestionnaire designed to query hunters about their hunting activities and harvest in Illinois. We received 2,573 questionnaires, 2,228 of which were usable, for a 48% response rate. Illinois resident license sales decreased 0.01% from 2015-16 (271,939) to 269,053 for the 2016-17 seasons. Total days afield for non-wild quail, non-wild pheasant, crow, red fox, coyote, and opossum increased. Harvest decreased for 10 game species (rabbit, wild pheasant, dove, groundhog, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, turkey, deer, raccoon, and red fox) from 2015-16, but increased for 5 species (wild quail, woodcock, crow, coyotes, and opossum). Hunters were also asked about questions regarding recruitment and retention, effects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Blue Tongue Virus (BTV) on deer hunting, and deer hunting expenditures, as well as their attitudes toward wildlife and hunting in Illinois. Estimates of wild quail, pheasant, and partridge harvested during 2011-12 were calculated differently than previous estimates, so comparisons across years are to be made with extreme caution. This topic is further addressed in the methods section.
Issue Date:2018-02-23
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2018 (10)
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration W-112-R-26
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service W-112-R-26
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-04-03

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