2018-2019 Illinois Trapper Report: Harvest, Effort, and Marketing Practices

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

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We sampled 1,200 of 2018 resident Illinois trapping license purchasers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 739 (63%) questionnaires. Trapping license sales increased 7.6% from 2017-18 (5,964 licenses) to 2018-19 (6,416). Trappers set an average of 15.8 traps for an average of 26.4 days or nights during the 2018-19 season and harvested an estimated 127,990 furbearers (down 4.8% from the 134,560 harvested in 2017-18). An estimated 63,179 raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped during the 2018-19 Illinois trapping season, a decrease of 1.3% from the estimated 64,025 trapped during the 2017-18 season. Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) harvest was the next highest at 17,815 opossum (6.3% increase from the previous year). OBJECTIVE
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Nov 23 2019

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2019 (37)


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