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Title:Results of the 2009 Illinois Conservation Order Light Goose Hunter Survey
Author(s):Lischka, Stacy A.; Campbell, Linda K.; Carpenter, Samantha K.
Contributor(s):INHS Human Dimensions Research Program
Subject(s):snow geese
days hunted
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Natural History Survey
Abstract:A random sample of 3,000 potential goose hunters was selected from National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registrants in Illinois. Survey participants were mailed a 4-page questionnaire between April and May 2009. We received 1,334 returned questionnaires, 1,324 of which were usable, for a 46% response rate. Based on these responses, we estimate 4,663 hunters were active during the Conservation Order snow goose season in Illinois in 2009, a 27% decrease from the 6,409 hunters estimated for the 2008 season. Days hunted were estimated at 33,947 in 2009, which was 33% less than the estimate of 50,471 days in 2008. An estimated 85,635 snow geese were harvested during the 2009 Conservation Order snow goose season, a 12% decrease over 2008. However, recalculated estimates of snow goose harvest without an outlying respondent yielded an estimate of 77,789 snow geese harvested. The South Zone accounted for 43% of total days hunted and 58% of total harvest. Statewide, 69% of the harvest occurred during February. Of respondents who did not hunt during the Conservation Order season, 39% indicated they had no place to hunt; this percentage did not represent a change from the previous year.
Issue Date:2009-10-23
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Wildlife Harvest and Human Dimensions Research Program Report HR-09-06
Technical Report INHS 2009 (36)
Illinois Conservation Order Light Goose Hunter Survey
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration W-112-R-18
Genre:Technical Report
Description:Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Illinois Natural History Survey Grant/Contract No: W-112-R-18
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:2011-11-08

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