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Title:Hunter Participation, Harvest, and Hunting Behavior During the 2014 Illinois Conservation Order Season
Author(s):Stephenson, Andrew L.; Schweizer, Laura A.; Campbell, Linda K.; Miller, Craig A.
Subject(s):Conservation Order
Snow goose
Light goose
Hunter participation
IDNR Division of Wildlife U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service INHS
Abstract:Harvest of light geese(Chen caerulescens, Chen rossii) during the 2014Illinois Light Goose Conservation Order season was estimated at 82,161. An estimated 1,962hunters participated in the 2014 Illinois Light Goose Conservation Order season. Hunters spent an estimated 21,170 days afield during 2014, and the majority (51%) of the light goose harvest occurred during the month of March. Due to changes in sampling of addresses and calculation of estimates, comparisons cannot be made to previous years’ figures. Addresses were sampled from Harvest Information Program (HIP) registrants who indicated they hunted light geese during the 2013 waterfowl hunting season. Electronic calls were used by 81% of hunters, 77% used unplugged shotguns, and 70%indicated hunting between sunset and ½ hour after sunset. Fifty-six percent of light goose hunters indicated an increase in effort over the past five years, and 49% of hunters perceived an increase in light goose abundance during the regular goose seasons.A majority of the hunters(91%) were interested in light goose hunting to extend their hunting season.
Issue Date:2014-12-04
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2014 (46)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
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:2015-02-20

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