A random sample of 3,000 hunters was selected from 2013 Illinois Habitat Stamp and hunting license purchasers. Of the sample of 3,000 hunters, 72 addresses were removed as undeliverable. We received 1,508 questionnaires; 1,488 (51%) of which were usable. License sales decreased from 2012 (282,698) to the 2013 season (281,399). From the 2012-13 to 2013-14 seasons, harvests for 11 game species increased (dove, snipe, crow, groundhog, fox and gray squirrel, raccoon, red and gray fox, coyote, and opossum), decreased for one game species (woodcock), and did not change for one game species (rail) and could not be compared for four game species (rabbit, wild quail, wild pheasant, and wild gray partridge). Hunters were also asked about their use of the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, applying for Free Upland Game Permits, and the effects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Blue Tongue Virus (BTV) on their deer hunting behaviors, as well as their opinions about wild hogs present in Illinois.
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