Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Jared Duquette
Title: Hunter and Trapper Recruitment Scientist
Mailing address:
Forbes Natural History Building
1816 S Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Forbes Natural History Building
1816 S Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Address mailcode: MC-652
Office room: 2015
Phone: 217-300-5352


I am the leader of the statewide Hunter and Trapper Recruitment (HTR) program in Illinois. The HTR program is a collaboration among INHS, Illinois DNR, and numerous other partners that focuses on recruiting, retaining and reactivating (R3) the public in hunting and trapping. My team uses a science-based approached to increase hunter and trapper R3 in Illinois. We investigate sociological and environmental factors that help guide where hunter R3 initiatives should be focused. We then conduct hunter training and safety workshops in focal areas to teach the public why, where and how to hunt.

Hunters and trappers contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars and support thousands of jobs for the Illinois economy each year. This economic support is essential to sustaining the prosperity of many communities and wildlife and habitat throughout Illinois. The HTR program is important for numerous reasons, including increasing the number of hunters and trappers providing economic support to Illinois, increasing public engagement and understanding of the outdoors, teaching people how to harvest their own sustainable and natural food, and providing a tool to manage overabundant wildlife to maintain healthy wildlife populations and habitat and reduce human-wildlife conflicts.


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Professional affiliations:
  • The Wildlife Society
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • The Wildlife Society, Biological Diversity Working Group
  • IUCN SSC Deer Specialist Group
  • Ducks Unlimited
Selected publications:

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, C.M. Wilton, N. Fowler, B.W. Waller, D.E. Beyer Jr., N.J. Svoboda, S.L. Simek, and J. Beringer. 2017. Black bear functional resource selection relative to intraspecific competition and human risk. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95:203-212.

Duquette, J.F., L. Ureña, J. Ortega, I. Cisneros, and R. Moreno. 2015. Evidence of albinism in the white-faced monkey Cebus capuchinus imitator on Coiba Island, Republic of Panama. Neotropical Primates 22:97-99.

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, N.J. Svoboda, D.E. Beyer Jr., and P.E. Lederle. 2015. Scale dependence of female ungulate reproductive success in relation to nutritional condition, resource selection and multi-predator avoidance. PLoSONE 10:e0140433.

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, N.J. Svoboda, D.E. Beyer Jr., and P.E. Lederle. 2014. Neonatal white-tailed deer survival related to resource selection and multiple predator risk. PLoSONE 9:e100841.

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, N.J. Svoboda, and D.E. Beyer Jr. 2014. Comparison of occupancy modeling and radiotelemetry to estimate ungulate population dynamics. Population Ecology 56:481–492.

Duquette, J.F., B. Ver Steeg, S.D. Gehrt, R.E. Warner. 2014. Badger (Taxidea taxus) resource selection and spatial ecology in intensive agricultural landscapes. American Midland Naturalist 171:116–127. 

Svoboda, N.J., J.L. Belant, D.E. Beyer Jr., J.F. Duquette, and J.A. Martin. 2013. Identifying bobcat kill sites using a global positioning system. Wildlife Biology 19:78–86.

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, D.E. Beyer Jr., and N.J., Svoboda. 2012. Comparison of pregnancy detection methods in live white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:115–118.

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Ph.D. (2014)
Mississippi State University
Dissertation: White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population dynamics in a multi-predator landscape

M.S. (2008)
Ohio State University
Thesis: Population ecology of badgers (Taxidea taxus) in Ohio

B.S. (2004)
Central Michigan University
Undergraduate thesis: Movements of white-tailed deer (O. virginianus) in Dow-Veit's woods

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