2020-2021 Illinois Trapper Report: Harvest, Effort, and Trapper Opinions

Brent D. Williams, Craig A. Miller, Lauren J. Stephens, Eric M. Walberg

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report


We sampled 1,200 of 2020-21 resident Illinois trapping license purchasers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 639 (54%) questionnaires. Trapping license sales increased 7.8% from 2019-20 (6,698) to 2020-21 (7,217). Trappers set an average of 14.7 traps for an average of 26.9 days or nights during the 2020-21 season and harvested an estimated 163,292 furbearers (up 25.9% from the 129,689 harvested in 2019-20). An estimated 72,838 raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped during the 2020-21 Illinois trapping season, an increase of 7.2% from the estimated 67,915 trapped during the 2019-20 season. Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) harvest was the next highest at 31,703 muskrats (96.8% increase from the previous year).
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
Number of pages65
StatePublished - Dec 22 2021

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report
No.2022 (05)


  • trappers
  • trapper opinions
  • trapper effort
  • trapper harvest


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