A total of 3,123 (36% response rate) Illinois waterfowl hunters returned usable questionnaires to the 2018-19 Illinois Waterfowl Hunter Survey. An estimated 40,047 adult waterfowl hunters spent 1 day or more afield during 2018-19, an increase of 7.6% from the 37,215 hunters in 2017-18. Waterfowl hunters spent 831,043 days afield, an increase of 13.5 % from the 732,166 days devoted during the 2017-18 license year. Total waterfowl harvest decreased 2.1 %, from 421,384 during 2017-18 to 412,402 during 2018-19. Duck harvest estimates for the regular duck season were as follows: 147,733 mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), 29,003 wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and 96,087 other ducks. A total of 23,326 teal (Anas spp.) were harvested during the September teal season. Goose hunters harvested 71,035 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) during the regular Canada goose season, a 9.9% decrease from the 78,850 Canada geese harvested during the 2017-18 regular goose season. Hunters harvested 13,165 Canada geese during the September Canada goose season, an 18.5% decrease from the previous year. During the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season, 4,822 adults took 5,775 youths waterfowl hunting, a 0.9% increase in adult participation and a 10.6% decrease in youth participation from the 2017-18 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season. Hunter preferences for season and zones, and satisfaction with the waterfowl seasons are also discussed.
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