A total of 2,558 (54%) Illinois waterfowl hunters responded to the 2010-2011 Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey. Hunters reported spending 985,075 days afield, a decrease of 19% from the 1,222,980 days devoted during the 2009-2010 license year. Waterfowl harvest decreased 16% from 613,335 during 2009-2010 to 513,882 during 2010-2011, which is the lowest estimate since the 2002-2003 waterfowl season. Duck harvest estimates for the regular duck season were as follows: 193,758 mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), 39,611 wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and 121,375 other ducks. A total of 20,127 teal (Anas spp.) were harvested during the September teal season. Goose hunters harvested 99,422 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) during the regular Canada goose season, a 30% decrease from the 142,836 Canada geese harvested during the 2009-2010 regular goose season. Hunters harvested 17,115 Canada geese during the September Canada goose season, a 6% increase from the previous year. During the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season, 5,471 adults took 7,452 youths waterfowl hunting, a decrease of 24% from the 9,772 youths that participated in the 2009-2010 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season. Attitudes and opinions of hunters towards duck and goose season dates and zone boundary locations were determined.
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