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Hunter & Trapper Mail Surveys

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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, coyotes and gray foxes, 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 630 potential trappers are surveyed annually. The average age of those surveyed in 2017/18 was 52 years old, with the youngest age of 13 and oldest 87.

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

Estimated Mammal Harvest from the 2017/18 Hunter Mail Survey:

Category

Squirrel

Rabbit

Raccoon

Opposum

Red Fox

Groundhog

Coyote

# of Hunters

1,977

1,977

577

453

1,236

1,009

597

# of Days Hunted

8,651

7,333

1,483

309

4,655

10,649

865

# of Days per Hunter

4.4

3.7

2.6

0.7

3.8

10.6

1.4

Total # Harvested

5,108

5,046

1,030

0

1,009

2,348

1

Harvest
per Day

0.6

0.7

0.7

0

0.2

0.2

0.0

Estimated Game Bird Harvest from 2017/18 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

2,945

680

474

721

21

103

21

144

3,852

5,294

2,039

659

3,481

680

453

# of Days Hunted

8,177

1,050

1,009

2,019

124

536

124

494

12,338

37,756

9,454

1,133

30,423

1,545

371

# of Days per Hunter

2.8

1.5

2.1

2.8

6.0

5.2

6.0

3.4

3.2

7.1

4.6

1.7

8.7

2.3

0.5

Total # Harvested

37,467

2,183

556

1,050

0

2,348

0

597

571

34,893

13,183

1,071

40,619

3,151

41

Harvest Per Day

4.58

1.41

0.55

0.52

0.00

4.38

0.00

1.21

0.05

0.92

1.39

0.95

1.34

2.04

0.11

Waterfowl leg banding

Division wildlife biologists have been testing waterfowl for Avian Influenza, and banding American Black Ducks as part of an Atlantic Flyway black duck monitoring initiative.

Did you know?

Reports from hunters of harvested waterfowl with leg bands help biologists learn more about species distribution (travel, etc.) and survival rates! Old bands may still have a phone number and/or website to report bands. Since fall 2017, the reporting phone number has been discontinued. If you harvest a banded bird, please go to www.reportband.gov to report the band.