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Title:Results of the 2009-2010 Illinois Hunter Harvest Survey
Author(s):Lischka, Stacy A.; Campbell, Linda K.; Spacapan, Molly R.; Alessi, Mark G.
Contributor(s):INHS Human Dimensions Research Program
Subject(s):potential hunters
Illinois Habitat Stamp
hunting license purchasers
resident hunter surey
Abstract:A random sample of 3,000 potential hunters was selected from among 2009 Illinois Habitat Stamp and hunting license purchasers. A 10-page questionnaire was successfully mailed to 2,907 of the 3,000 individuals. We received 1,643 returned questionnaires, of which 1,634 were usable, for a 57% response rate. Comparisons of harvest estimates from the 2008-2009 season to the 2009-2010 season suggest harvest decreased for 8 game animals (quail, pheasant, dove, woodcock, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, coyote), and increased for five game categories (rabbit, crow, groundhog, gray squirrel, opossum). License sales increased 2%; 283,746 licenses were sold for the 2008 season, whereas 288,472 were sold for the 2009 season. Hunters responded to several questions regarding changes to deer, and rabbit hunting activities in Illinois. A majority (87%) of respondents hunt deer in Illinois; thirty one percent of deer hunters would like to see the number of deer increase somewhat in the next 5 years. Sixty-five percent of deer hunters reported an average, above average, or excellent experience during the 2009-2010 hunting season. Rabbits were pursued by 26% of respondents; 43% of these hunters surveyed did not agree with extending the rabbit season.
Issue Date:2011-01-14
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2011 (08)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor: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:2014-12-08

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