Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 113,700 Goose Population 26,600

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 50,021 Goose Population 7,365 (Canada goose only)

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Arizona

C

Duck Population 25,283 Goose Population 2,143

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Arkansas

A

Duck Population 1,231,300 Goose Population 135,800

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California

A

Duck Population 948,858 Goose Population 52,735

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 104,800 Goose Population 112,300

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 10,780 Goose Population 11,620

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Delaware

B

Duck Population 32,400 Goose Population 19,100

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Florida

B

Duck Population 191,800 Goose Population 5,700

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 127,900 Goose Population 52,200

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Hawaii

F

Duck Population N/A Goose Population N/A

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Idaho

A

Duck Population 241,828 Goose Population 69,031

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Illinois

B

Duck Population 409,900 Goose Population 120,800

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 81,600 Goose Population 44,700

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 174,100 Goose Population 49,900

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 228,300 Goose Population 218,300

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Kentucky

C

Duck Population 101,200 Goose Population 17,100

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 1,861,400 Goose Population 35,100

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Maine

B

Duck Population 19,680 Goose Population 12,160

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 95,800 Goose Population 120,100

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 20,900 Goose Population 8,000

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 341,400 Goose Population 140,900

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 571,300 Goose Population 148,900

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Mississippi

A

Duck Population 327,500 Goose Population 26,100

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 480,100 Goose Population 53,300

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Montana

B

Duck Population 179,300 Goose Population 68,800

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 151,500 Goose Population 114,600

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 30,051 Goose Population 4,343

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New Hampshire

B

Duck Population 11,760 Goose Population 5,600

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 52,500 Goose Population 33,000

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 46,500 Goose Population 11,500

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New York

A

Duck Population 182,900 Goose Population 143,800

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 359,000 Goose Population 44,700

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North Dakota

B

Duck Population 545,000 Goose Population 190,000

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 134,700 Goose Population 79,600

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 317,000 Goose Population 60,800

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 339,163 Goose Population 42,441 (Canada goose only)

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 72,800 Goose Population 109,200

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 3,280 Goose Population 4,960

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 200,600 Goose Population 36,600

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 175,400 Goose Population 90,500

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 220,200 Goose Population 26,000

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Texas

B

Duck Population 1,218,300 Goose Population 340,400

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Utah

A

Duck Population 206,711 Goose Population 26,239

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 17,680 Goose Population 12,400

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 142,400 Goose Population 46,800

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Washington

A

Duck Population 480,774 Goose Population 68,315 (Canada goose only)

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 1,800 Goose Population 2,400

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 414,600 Goose Population 90,400

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 37,900 Goose Population 20,600

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The Duck Hunting Nation grade was determined the old-fashioned way: subjectively. Our experts looked at duck and goose populations, hunter numbers, bag limits, the ease and cost of getting a license, the amount of public land available and other factors when evaluating each state.
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State Grade Flyway Duck Statewide Harvest Goose Statewide Harvest Ducks Per Hunter Geese Per Hunter No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually
Alabama
B
Mississippi 113,700 26,600 10.0 7.5 11,400
Alaska
B
Pacific 50,021 7,365 (Canada goose only) 9.8 3.9 5,084
Arizona
C
Pacific 25,283 2,143 8.4 1.1 2,981
Arkansas
A
Mississippi 1,231,300 135,800 20.9 7.2 59,400
California
A
Pacific 948,858 52,735 22.0 3.3 43,045
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 104,800 112,300 8.1 7.7 20,900
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 10,780 11,620 7.7 8.3 1,400
Delaware
B
Atlantic 32,400 19,100 10.4 6.5 3,800
Florida
B
Atlantic 191,800 5,700 14.1 6.5 13,600
Georgia
B
Atlantic 127,900 52,200 7.9 3.4 16,500
Hawaii
F
Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Idaho
A
Pacific 241,828 69,031 12.7 4.5 18,959
Illinois
B
Mississippi 409,900 120,800 13.8 5.4 35,000
Indiana
C
Mississippi 81,600 44,700 9.1 5.6 10,300
Iowa
C
Mississippi 174,100 49,900 12.5 3.7 15,500
Kansas
B
Central 228,300 218,300 12.9 15.9 21,400
Kentucky
C
Mississippi 101,200 17,100 16.6 3.1 7,000
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 1,861,400 35,100 24.1 4.7 77,900
Maine
B
Atlantic 19,680 12,160 4.8 3.8 4,100
Maryland
A
Atlantic 95,800 120,100 6.2 6.1 25,600
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 20,900 8,000 7.0 3.9 3,400
Michigan
B
Mississippi 341,400 140,900 10.4 4.1 40,100
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 571,300 148,900 8.7 3.3 70,500
Mississippi
A
Mississippi 327,500 26,100 20.7 4.6 15,800
Missouri
B
Mississippi 480,100 53,300 14.7 4.5 27,400
Montana
B
Central and Pacific 179,300 68,800 10.2 5.5 21,200
Nebraska
B
Central 151,500 114,600 12.6 8.7 16,900
Nevada
B
Pacific 30,051 4,343 11.0 2.3 2,728
New Hampshire
B
Atlantic 11,760 5,600 5.6 3.5 2,500
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 52,500 33,000 8.6 7.9 6,800
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 46,500 11,500 8.7 3.9 6,500
New York
A
Atlantic 182,900 143,800 8.3 8.3 (same as duck) 25,700
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 359,000 44,700 10.7 2.7 34,800
North Dakota
B
Central 545,000 190,000 14.6 7.1 41,500
Ohio
B
Mississippi 134,700 79,600 9.8 5.1 17,400
Oklahoma
A
Central 317,000 60,800 18.3 6.5 18,000
Oregon
A
Pacific 339,163 42,441 (Canada goose only) 18.5 4.8 18,304
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 72,800 109,200 4.2 5.2 26,900
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 3,280 4,960 8.2 12.4 700
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 200,600 36,600 9.9 3.3 20,600
South Dakota
B
Central 175,400 90,500 11.2 7.5 20,400
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 220,200 26,000 17.2 3.0 13,000
Texas
B
Central 1,218,300 340,400 14.1 7.2 92,700
Utah
A
Pacific 206,711 26,239 12.2 2.5 16,877
Vermont
B
Atlantic 17,680 12,400 6.8 6.2 3,000
Virginia
B
Atlantic 142,400 46,800 7.9 3.8 21,400
Washington
A
Pacific 480,774 68,315 (Canada goose only) 19.9 5.5 24,113
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 1,800 2,400 8.0 8.1 300
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 414,600 90,400 7.7 2.3 64,300
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 37,900 20,600 10.9 5.5 5,600

Alabama

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 113,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,600
Licenses Sold: 11,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.0
Geese Per Hunter: 7.5

Alaska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 50,021
Geese Statewide Harvest: 7,365 (Canada goose only)
Licenses Sold: 5,084
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.8
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

Arizona

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 25,283
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,143
Licenses Sold: 2,981
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.4
Geese Per Hunter: 1.1

Arkansas

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1,231,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 135,800
Licenses Sold: 59,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 20.9
Geese Per Hunter: 7.2

California

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 948,858
Geese Statewide Harvest: 52,735
Licenses Sold: 43,045
Ducks Per Hunter: 22.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Colorado

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 104,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 112,300
Licenses Sold: 20,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.7

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 10,780
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,620
Licenses Sold: 1,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 8.3

Delaware

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 32,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 19,100
Licenses Sold: 3,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.4
Geese Per Hunter: 6.5

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 191,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,700
Licenses Sold: 13,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.1
Geese Per Hunter: 6.5

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 127,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 52,200
Licenses Sold: 16,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Hawaii

F

Duck Statewide Harvest: N/A
Geese Statewide Harvest: N/A
Licenses Sold: N/A
Ducks Per Hunter: N/A
Geese Per Hunter: N/A

Idaho

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 241,828
Geese Statewide Harvest: 69,031
Licenses Sold: 18,959
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Illinois

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 409,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 120,800
Licenses Sold: 35,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.4

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 81,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 44,700
Licenses Sold: 10,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.6

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 174,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 49,900
Licenses Sold: 15,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.7

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 228,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 218,300
Licenses Sold: 21,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.9
Geese Per Hunter: 15.9

Kentucky

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 101,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 17,100
Licenses Sold: 7,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.1

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1,861,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 35,100
Licenses Sold: 77,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 24.1
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

Maine

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 19,680
Geese Statewide Harvest: 12,160
Licenses Sold: 4,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.8
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Maryland

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 95,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 120,100
Licenses Sold: 25,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.2
Geese Per Hunter: 6.1

Massachusetts

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 20,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 8,000
Licenses Sold: 3,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 341,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 140,900
Licenses Sold: 40,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.4
Geese Per Hunter: 4.1

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 571,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 148,900
Licenses Sold: 70,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Mississippi

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 327,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,100
Licenses Sold: 15,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 20.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 480,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 53,300
Licenses Sold: 27,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Montana

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 179,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 68,800
Licenses Sold: 21,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.5

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 151,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 114,600
Licenses Sold: 16,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.6
Geese Per Hunter: 8.7

Nevada

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 30,051
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,343
Licenses Sold: 2,728
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.3

New Hampshire

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 11,760
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,600
Licenses Sold: 2,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.5

New Jersey

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 52,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 33,000
Licenses Sold: 6,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.6
Geese Per Hunter: 7.9

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 46,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,500
Licenses Sold: 6,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

New York

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 182,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 143,800
Licenses Sold: 25,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.3
Geese Per Hunter: 8.3 (same as duck)

North Carolina

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 359,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 44,700
Licenses Sold: 34,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.7

North Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 545,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 190,000
Licenses Sold: 41,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.6
Geese Per Hunter: 7.1

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 134,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 79,600
Licenses Sold: 17,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.1

Oklahoma

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 317,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 60,800
Licenses Sold: 18,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 18.3
Geese Per Hunter: 6.5

Oregon

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 339,163
Geese Statewide Harvest: 42,441 (Canada goose only)
Licenses Sold: 18,304
Ducks Per Hunter: 18.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

Pennsylvania

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 72,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 109,200
Licenses Sold: 26,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.2

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 3,280
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,960
Licenses Sold: 700
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.2
Geese Per Hunter: 12.4

South Carolina

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 200,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 36,600
Licenses Sold: 20,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

South Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 175,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 90,500
Licenses Sold: 20,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.2
Geese Per Hunter: 7.5

Tennessee

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 220,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,000
Licenses Sold: 13,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 17.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1,218,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 340,400
Licenses Sold: 92,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.2

Utah

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 206,711
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,239
Licenses Sold: 16,877
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.2
Geese Per Hunter: 2.5

Vermont

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 17,680
Geese Statewide Harvest: 12,400
Licenses Sold: 3,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.8
Geese Per Hunter: 6.2

Virginia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 142,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 46,800
Licenses Sold: 21,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Washington

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 480,774
Geese Statewide Harvest: 68,315 (Canada goose only)
Licenses Sold: 24,113
Ducks Per Hunter: 19.9
Geese Per Hunter: 5.5

West Virginia

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,400
Licenses Sold: 300
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.0
Geese Per Hunter: 8.1

Wisconsin

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 414,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 90,400
Licenses Sold: 64,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.3

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 37,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 20,600
Licenses Sold: 5,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.9
Geese Per Hunter: 5.5