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Title:2015-2016 Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Report: Harvest, Youth Hunts, and Season Preferences
Author(s):Williams, Brent D.; Schweizer, Laura A.; Campbell, Linda K.; Miller, Craig A.
Subject(s):hunter harvest
youth hunts
season preferences
zone options
hunter commitment
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:A total of 2,012(44%response rate) Illinois waterfowl hunters responded to the 2015-16Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey. An estimated 40,104waterfowl hunters spent795,289days afield, adecreaseof 19% from the 982,193 days devoted during the 2014-2015license year. Waterfowl harvest decreased11.4%, from 550,946 during 2014-15to 488,321during 2015-16.Duck harvest estimates for the regular duck season were as follows: 166,506mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), 43,655wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and 119,619other ducks. A total of 28,031teal (Anasspp.) were harvested during the September teal season. Goose hunters harvested 75,198Canada geese (Branta canadensis) during the regular Canada goose season, a 14.2% decreasefrom the 87,672Canadageese harvested during the 2014-15regular goose season. Hunters harvested 15,693Canada geese during the September Canada goose season, a 17.8% decreasefrom the previous year. During the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season, 4,718adults took 6,291youths waterfowl hunting, a 26.3% decrease in adult participation and a 26.6% decrease in youth participation from the 2014-15Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season.Duck huntercommitment to waterfowl hunting, preferences for season and zones,and satisfaction with the waterfowl seasons are also discussed.
Issue Date:2016-11-17
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2016 (54)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Aid Project Number W-112-R-25
Illinois Department of Natural Resource, Division of Wildlife
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:2017-01-25

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