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Title:2014-2015 Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Report: Harvest, Youth Hunts, and Season Preferences
Author(s):Williams, Brent D.; Crain, James M.; Campbell, Linda K.; Miller, Craig A.
Subject(s):hunter harvest
season preferences
zone options
hunter commitment
hunter satisfaction
IDNR Division of Wildlife
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:A total of 2,212(48%response rate) Illinois waterfowl hunters responded to the 2014-15Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey. An estimated 50,698waterfowl hunters spent982,193days afield, adecreaseof6.7% from the 1,052,728days devoted during the 2013-2014license year. Waterfowl harvest decreased9.0%, from 605,720 during 2013-14to 550,946 during 2014-15.Duck harvest estimates for the regular duck season were as follows: 197,997mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), 48,216wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and 138,615other ducks. A total of 29,058teal (Anasspp.) were harvested during the September teal season. Goose hunters harvested 87,672Canada geese (Branta canadensis) during the regular Canada goose season, a 16.4% decreasefrom the 104,887Canadageese harvested during the 2013-14regular goose season. Hunters harvested 19,089Canada geese during the September Canada goose season, a 22.0% increasefrom the previous year. During the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season, 6,405adults took 8,572youths waterfowl hunting, a 24.1% decrease in adult participation and a less than 1.0% decrease in youth participation from the 2013-14Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season.Duck huntercommitment to waterfowl hunting, preferences for season and zones,and satisfaction with the waterfowl seasons are also discussed.
Issue Date:2015-12-28
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2015 (47)
Federal Aid Project W-112-R-8
Human Dimensions Research Program Report HR-15-03
Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Federal Aid Project Number W-112-R-24
IDNR Division of Wildlife
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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:2016-04-28

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