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Title:Results of the 2007-2008 Illinois Hunter Harvest Survey
Author(s):Lischka, Stacy A.; Campbell, Linda K.; Carpenter, Samantha K.
Subject(s):hunt
harvest
rabbit
quail
pheasant
dove
woodcock
gray partridge
raccoon
coyote
squirrel
deer
fox
INHS Division of Ecology and Conservation Science
INHS Section for Wildlife and Plant Ecology
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Natural History Survey
Science in support of state fish, wildlife and outdoor recreational programs
Abstract:A random sample of 3,000 potential hunters was selected from among 2007 Illinois Habitat Stamp and hunting license purchasers. An 8-page questionnaire was successfully mailed to 2,906 of the 3,000 individuals. We received 1,625 returned questionnaires, 1,620 of which were usable, for a 56% response rate. Comparisons of harvest estimates from the 2006-2007 season to the 2007-2008 season suggest harvest decreased for 10 game animal categories (rabbit, quail, pheasant, dove, gray partridge, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, red fox, gray fox, and opossum), and increased for 3 categories (woodcock, raccoon, and coyote). License sales increased 0.4% from 282,000 sold for the 2006 season to 283,000 sold in the 2007 season. This represents a recovery in license sales of less than 1% since the lowest level on record (since 1938) in 2005. Low license sales may be related to increasing difficulty in finding land to hunt. Resident hunters pursuing deer (61%) and small game species (51%) reported little difficulty in gaining access to hunting lands. However, all other seasons were associated with more difficulty in accessing land. Efforts should be undertaken to ensure that hunters are aware of the locations of public hunting lands associated with these seasons. Few residents reported leasing land (4%) or hiring outfitters (1%) to access land.
Issue Date:2008-10-09
Publisher:Division of Ecology and Conservation Science Section for Wildlife and Plant Ecology
Series/Report:Human Dimensions Research Program Report HR-08-01
Technical Report INHS 2008 (33)
Illinois Hunter Harvest Survey
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration W-112-R-17
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:Grant/Contract No: W-112-R-17
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/18120
Sponsor:INHS Technical Report Prepared for Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Illinois Natural History Survey
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:2011-01-07


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