A total of 2,012 (44%response rate) Illinois waterfowl hunters responded to the 2015-16Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey. An estimated 40,104 waterfowl hunters spent 795,289 days afield, a decrease of 19% from the 982,193 days devoted during the 2014-2015 license year. Waterfowl harvest decreased 11.4%, from 550,946 during 2014-15 to 488,321 during 2015-16. Duck harvest estimates for the regular duck season were as follows: 166,506 mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), 43,655 wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and 119,619 other ducks. A total of 28,031 teal (Anas spp.) were harvested during the September teal season. Goose hunters harvested 75,198 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) during the regular Canada goose season, a 14.2% decreasefrom the 87,672Canadageese harvested during the 2014-15 regular goose season. Hunters harvested 15,693 Canada geese during the September Canada goose season, a 17.8% decrease from the previous year. During the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season, 4,718 adults took 6,291 youths waterfowl hunting, a 26.3% decrease in adult participation and a 26.6% decrease in youth participation from the 2014-15 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season. Duck hunter commitment to waterfowl hunting, preferences for season and zones, and satisfaction with the waterfowl seasons are also discussed.
|Name||INHS Technical Report 2016 (54)|