Hunter Participation, Harvest, and Hunting Behavior During the 2016 Illinois Conservation Order Season

Laura A. Schweizer, Brent D. Williams, Craig A. Miller

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report

Abstract

Harvest of light geese (Chen caerulescens, Chen rossii)during the 2016 Illinois Light Goose Conservation Order season was estimated at 121,689. An estimated 2,187 hunters participated in the 2016 Illinois Light Goose Conservation Order season. Hunters spent an estimated 33,048 days afield during 2016, and the majority (61%) of the snow goose harvest occurred during the month of February. Due to changes in sampling of addresses and calculation of estimates, comparisons should not be made to years 2013 and before in figures and tables. Addresses were sampled from Harvest Information Program (HIP) registrants who reported they hunted snow and other light geese (including Ross’ and Blue geese) during the 2015 Light Goose Conservation Order seasons. Electronic calls were used by 82% of hunters, 79% used unplugged shotguns, and 67% reported hunting between sunset and ½ hour after sunset. Forty-nine percent of snow goose hunters indicated an increase in effort over the past five years, and 37% of hunters perceived an increase in snow goose abundance during the regular goose seasons. A majority of the hunters were interested in snow goose hunting to enjoy the outdoors (91%) and extend their hunting season (86%)
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2016 (52)
No.52

Keywords

  • INHS

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