2013-2014 Illinois Trapper Report: Harvest, Effort, and Trapper Education Courses

Andrew L. Stephenson, Laura A. Schweizer, Linda K. Campbell, Craig A. Miller

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Abstract

A random sample of 1,200 persons who purchased a 2013resident Illinois trapping license was generated from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database.Licensees were mailed a 4-page questionnaire, and we received 748(64%) questionnaires.Trapping license sales increased 23%from 2012(6,320licenses)to 2013(7,782).Trappers set an average of 18.5traps for an average of 27.8days or nights during the 2013-2014season,and they harvested an estimated251,178furbearers (up29% from the 195,360harvested in 2012-2013).An estimated 151,367raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped by trappers during the 2013-2014Illinois trapping season, an increase of 44%from the estimated 104,947trapped during the 2012-2013season.Opossum(Didelphis virginiana) harvest was the next highest at34,208opossumstrapped (47% increasefrom previous year).Sightings of bobcat (Lynx rufus) by trappers, and harvest of furbearers by hunting,were also documented.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Nov 3 2014

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2014 (38)
No.38

Keywords

  • INHS

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