Results of the 2012-13 Allerton Park Deer Hunter Survey

Craig A. Miller, Meghan E. McCleary, Eric M. Mollahan

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report

Abstract

To try and curb the deer population at Allerton Park (Monticello, Illinois), a deer management program was instated in the fall of 2004 to reduce the size of the herd. After trial of a few different types of deer seasons at the park, the Allerton deer management program now uses a 16 week archery hunt from October through January; among other harvest and usage restrictions, hunters are also required to volunteer 30 hours of their time to the park. All 35 Allerton Park hunters were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 23 (70%) questionnaires. Ninety-five percent of Allerton Park hunters indicated they had hunted at the park in previous years; 45% indicated there was no change in harvest for the 2012-13 season from previous years. We discuss hunter satisfaction and agreement with Allerton Park hunting and regulations along with hunter attitudes toward deer hunting.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Oct 9 2013

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2013 (46)
No.46

Keywords

  • INHS
  • ISWS

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