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  • Results of the 2007 Illinois Conservation Order Light Goose Hunter Survey


  • Annual survey of activities, harvests, and attitudes/opinions of hunters participating in the Light Goose Conservation Action. Abstract: A random sample of 2,000 potential goose hunters was selected from National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program HIP registrants in Illinois. Survey participants were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, reminder postcards, and a follow-up 2-page questionnaire, between April and July 2007. We received 1,052 usable responses, which included 841 responses to the original 8-page questionnaire 44% response and 211 to the follow-up 2-page questionnaire 20% response . Based on these responses, we estimate 5,962 hunters were active during the Conservation Order snow goose season in Illinois in 2007, slightly more than the 5,543 hunters estimated for the 2006 season. Days of hunting were estimated at 39,170 in 2007, which was 26% less than the estimate of 53,154 days in 2006. An estimated 47,514 snow geese were harvested during the 2007 Conservation Order snow goose season. This represents a 40% decrease from the 2006 estimated harvest of 74,268 snow geese. The South Zone accounted for 46% of total days of hunting and 61% of total harvest. Statewide, 73% of the harvest occurred during February. Of respondents who did not hunt during the Conservation Order season, 39% indicated they had no place to hunt. Two-thirds 66% of hunters pursued snow geese by using decoys over land. Hunters expressed a preference for hunting multiple species of geese snow geese, white-fronted geese, Canada geese at the same time. Although large acreages of land are potentially available to snow goose hunters, survey responses indicate hunters may have difficulty accessing this available land.

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Volume or Year: 2007
Number or Issue: November 19

Date Created: 11 16 2007
Date Last Modified: 05 15 2008

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