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Title:Hunter Participation, Harvest, and Hunting Behavior During the 2020 Illinois Conservation Order
Author(s):Williams, Brent D.; Stephens, Lauren J.; Miller, Craig A.
Subject(s):Conservation Order
light goose
wildlife harvest
hunting behavior
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:Harvest of light geese (Anser caerulescens, Chen rossii) during the 2020 Illinois Light Goose Conservation Order was estimated at 138,954. An estimated 3,272 hunters participated in the 2020 Illinois Light Goose Conservation Order. Hunters spent an estimated 41,621 days afield during 2020, and the majority (61%) of the light goose harvest occurred during the month of February. Due to changes in sampling of addresses and calculation of estimates, comparisons should not be made to years prior to 2014. Hunters were sampled from Harvest Information Program (HIP) registrants who reported they hunted snow and other light geese (including Ross’ and Blue geese) during the 2019 Light Goose Conservation Order. About forty-one percent of active light goose hunters indicated an increase in effort over the past five years, and 17.2% of hunters had increased harvest of light goose over the previous 5 years. Approximately fifteen percent of active light goose hunters used a guide or outfitter while hunting light geese during the 2020 order.
Issue Date:2020-11-30
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2020 (28)
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration W-112-R-29
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
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:2021-03-11

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