We sampled 1,200 purchasers of 2017 resident Illinois trapping licenses from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed a 4-page questionnaire, and we received 733 (62%) questionnaires. Trapping license sales increased 11% from 2016 (5,352 licenses) to 2017 (5,964). Trappers set an average of 15.8 traps for an average of 26.4 days or nights during the 2017-18 season and harvested an estimated 134,560 furbearers (up 7% from the 125,605 harvested in 2016-17). An estimated 64,025 raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped during the 2017-18 Illinois trapping season, an increase of 11.7% from the estimated 57,324 trapped during the 2016-17 season. Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus) harvest was the next highest at 18,795 muskrats (22.4% decrease from the previous year).
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