2012-2013 Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Report: Effort, Harvest, and Season Preferences

Brent D. Williams, Craig A. Miller, Linda K. Campbell

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Abstract

A total of 1,882(41%) Illinois waterfowl hunters responded to the 2012-2013Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey.Hunters reported spending 1,155,346days afield, an increase of .7% from the 1,147,037days devoted during the 2011-2012license year. Waterfowl harvest increased .5% from 577,654during 2011-2012to 580,557during 2012-2013. Duck harvest estimates forthe regular duck season were as follows: 244,988mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), 47,623wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and 185,776other ducks. A total of 31,942teal (Anas spp.) were harvested during the September teal season.Goose hunters harvested 72,682Canada geese (Branta canadensis) during the regular Canada goose season, a 3.2% decrease from the 75,061 Canadageese harvested during the 2011-2012regular goose season. Hunters harvested 18,028Canada geese during the September Canada goose season, a 4%decrease from the previous year. During the YouthWaterfowl Hunting Season, 7,825adults took 10,001 youths waterfowl hunting, a24% increase from the 6,325 adults and a16%increase from the 8,642 youths that participated in the 2011-2012Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season. We discuss the use of public duck permits, duck hunter satisfaction with the waterfowl seasons, and hunter spendinghabits regardingwaterfowl.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Oct 22 2013

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2013 (42)
No.42

Keywords

  • INHS

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