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Hunter & Trapper Mail Surveys

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Hunter and Trapper Mail Surveys

Each year, the Division sends out hunter and trapper mail surveys to estimate the total harvest and hunting effort for game species in Delaware. Aside from deer, turkeys and coyotes, hunters and trappers are not required to report the animals they harvest. These surveys allow biologists to determine harvest information for all of the other wildlife species that are hunted and/or trapped.

Around 5,500 hunters and 650 potential trappers are surveyed annually. The average age of those surveyed in 2016/17 was 55 years old, with the youngest age of 8 and oldest 89.

Thank you to all the hunters and trappers who participate in these surveys each year!

Estimated Mammal Harvest from the 2016/17 Hunter Mail Survey:

Category

Squirrel

Rabbit

Raccoon

Opposum

Red Fox

Groundhog

Skunk

Coyote

# of Hunters

1624

1553

196

18

536

643

0

54

# of Days Hunted

7194

7925

1660

18

3356

7979

0

89

# of Days per Hunter

4.4

5.1

8.5

1.0

6.3

12.4

0.0

1.7

Total # Harvested

7765

4962

1017

18

1928

4962

0

18

Harvest
per Day

1.1

0.6

0.6

1.0

0.6

0.6

0.0

0.2

Estimated Game Bird Harvest from 2016/17 Hunter Mail Survey:

Category

Mourning Dove

Crow

Snipe

Woodcock

Wild Quail

Pen-raised Quail

Wild pheasant

Pen-raised Pheasant

Turkey

Canada Goose

Snow Goose

Brant

Ducks

Sea ducks

Rails

# of
Hunters

2660

125

18

196

107

89

54

232

3963

4498

1803

143

2785

214

18

# of Days Hunted

8639

785

18

714

536

857

357

714

16011

27435

9568

660

26132

928

803

# of Days per Hunter

3.2

6.3

1.0

3.6

5.0

9.6

6.7

3.1

4.0

6.1

5.3

4.6

9.4

4.3

45.0

Total # Harvested

41537

1107

36

196

125

1589

36

2160

1321

20331

11156

446

42144

1678

357

Harvest Per Day

4.8

1.4

2.0

0.3

0.2

1.9

0.1

3.0

0.1

0.7

1.2

0.7

1.6

1.8

0.4