2014-2015 Illinois Trapper Report: Harvest, Effort, and Marketing Practices

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

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Abstract

We sampled1,200 purchasersof2014resident Illinois trapping licensesfrom the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database.Licensees were mailed a 4-page questionnaire, and we received 710 (58%) questionnaires.Trapping license sales increased 7%from 2013 (7,782licenses)to 2014 (8,303).Trappers set an average of 16.1traps for an average of 23.1days or nights during the 2014-2015season,and harvested an estimated179,978furbearers (down28% from the 251,178harvested in 2013-2014).An estimated 101,035raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped during the 2014-2015Illinois trapping season, adecreaseof33%from the estimated 151,367trapped during the 2013-2014 season.Muskrat(Ondatra zibethicus) harvest was the next highest at33,860muskrats(4% increasefrom the previous year).
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Aug 12 2015

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2015 (19)
No.19

Keywords

  • INHS

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