2019-2020 Illinois Trapper Report: Harvest, Effort, and Trapper Opinions

Brent D. Williams, Linda K. Campbell, Craig A. Miller, Lauren J. Stephens

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report


We sampled 1,200 of 2020 resident Illinois trapping license purchasers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 745 (63%) questionnaires. Trapping license sales increased 4.4% from 2018-19 (6,416 licenses) to 2019-20 (6,698). Trappers set an average of 15.0 traps for an average of 27.8 days or nights during the 2019-20 season and harvested an estimated 129,689 furbearers (up 1.3% from the 127,990 harvested in 2018-19). An estimated 67,915 raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped during the 2019-20 Illinois trapping season, an increase of 7.5% from the estimated 63,179 trapped during the 2018-19 season. Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) harvest was the next highest at 16,255 opossums (8.8% decrease from the previous year).
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
Number of pages61
StatePublished - Nov 10 2020

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report
No.2020 (29)


  • trappers
  • trapper opinions
  • trapper effort
  • wildlife harvest


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