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Title:2019-2020 Illinois Trapper Report: Harvest, Effort, and Trapper Opinions
Author(s):Williams, Brent D.; Campbell, Linda K.; Miller, Craig A.; Stephens, Lauren J.
wildlife harvest
trapper effort
trapper opinions
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:We sampled 1,200 of 2020 resident Illinois trapping license purchasers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 745 (63%) questionnaires. Trapping license sales increased 4.4% from 2018-19 (6,416 licenses) to 2019-20 (6,698). Trappers set an average of 15.0 traps for an average of 27.8 days or nights during the 2019-20 season and harvested an estimated 129,689 furbearers (up 1.3% from the 127,990 harvested in 2018-19). An estimated 67,915 raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped during the 2019-20 Illinois trapping season, an increase of 7.5% from the estimated 63,179 trapped during the 2018-19 season. Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) harvest was the next highest at 16,255 opossums (8.8% decrease from the previous year).
Issue Date:2020-11-10
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2020 (29)
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Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed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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