Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 69,300 Goose Population 2,900

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 45,700 Goose Population 10,200

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Arizona

C

Duck Population 15,800 Goose Population 1,200

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Arkansas

A

Duck Population 1.09 million Goose Population 128,700

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California

A

Duck Population 1.08 million Goose Population 198,200

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 76,300 Goose Population 69,100

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 12,800 Goose Population 10,000

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Delaware

B

Duck Population 26,300 Goose Population 8,600

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Florida

B

Duck Population 135,900 Goose Population 5,500

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 110,400 Goose Population 21,300

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Hawaii

F

Duck Population N/A Goose Population N/A

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Idaho

A

Duck Population 260,300 Goose Population 42,400

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Illinois

B

Duck Population 328,000 Goose Population 105,000

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 81,400 Goose Population 47,900

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 127,600 Goose Population 53,200

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 156,300 Goose Population 70,800

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Kentucky

C

Duck Population 82,500 Goose Population 21,800

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 572,400 Goose Population 51,400

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Maine

B

Duck Population 23,100 Goose Population 7,200

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 117,900 Goose Population 48,800

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 29,900 Goose Population 9,300

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 235,300 Goose Population 153,000

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 445,100 Goose Population 200,200

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Mississippi

A

Duck Population 201,100 Goose Population 21,700

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 273,600 Goose Population 49,200

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Montana

B

Duck Population 104,600 Goose Population 64,400

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 151,300 Goose Population 105,700

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 46,300 Goose Population 2,600

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New Hampshire

C

Duck Population 8,700 Goose Population 4,400

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 44,600 Goose Population 17,500

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 44,700 Goose Population 5,200

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New York

A

Duck Population 151,400 Goose Population 102,600

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 232,600 Goose Population 50,200

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North Dakota

A

Duck Population 406,900 Goose Population 159,600

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 112,700 Goose Population 36,200

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 275,700 Goose Population 64,900

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 492,200 Goose Population 81,100

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 62,400 Goose Population 99,300

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 6,900 Goose Population 2,500

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 131,100 Goose Population 12,700

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 188,100 Goose Population 75,600

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 186,700 Goose Population 20,900

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Texas

B

Duck Population 787,800 Goose Population 173,700

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Utah

A

Duck Population 179,100 Goose Population 17,000

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 18,200 Goose Population 5,600

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 124,500 Goose Population 33,000

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Washington

A

Duck Population 677,700 Goose Population 118,500

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 4,700 Goose Population 3,300

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 365,300 Goose Population 131,100

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 24,800 Goose Population 22,900

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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 69,300 2,900 6.5 1.3 10,600
Alaska
B
Pacific 45,700 10,200 9.4 3.6 4,800
Arizona
C
Pacific 15,800 1,200 7.9 1.1 2,200
Arkansas
A
Mississippi 1.09 million 128,700 14.5 4.2 77,500
California
A
Pacific 1.08 million 198,200 21.1 5.4 53,500
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 76,300 69,100 6.8 5.2 19,000
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 12,800 10,000 5.0 5.3 2,500
Delaware
B
Atlantic 26,300 8,600 7.5 3.6 3,900
Florida
B
Atlantic 135,900 5,500 9.7 6.1 14,100
Georgia
B
Atlantic 110,400 21,300 7.1 2.7 16,100
Hawaii
F
Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Idaho
A
Pacific 260,300 42,400 14.3 2.6 21,500
Illinois
B
Mississippi 328,000 105,000 15.0 6.3 25,500
Indiana
C
Mississippi 81,400 47,900 7.5 4.5 13,200
Iowa
C
Mississippi 127,600 53,200 12.4 6.5 12,100
Kansas
B
Central 156,300 70,800 11.3 7.3 16,600
Kentucky
C
Mississippi 82,500 21,800 11.2 3.2 8,100
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 572,400 51,400 11.5 4.1 50,100
Maine
B
Atlantic 23,100 7,200 4.6 2.8 4,700
Maryland
A
Atlantic 117,900 48,800 5.6 3.0 26,900
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 29,900 9,300 6.3 2.4 4,700
Michigan
B
Mississippi 235,300 153,000 7.1 4.9 38,400
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 445,100 200,200 8.8 5.0 57,700
Mississippi
A
Mississippi 201,100 21,700 14.2 3.7 14,200
Missouri
B
Mississippi 273,600 49,200 10.3 4.4 27,800
Montana
B
Central and Pacific 104,600 64,400 8.1 6.1 16,700
Nebraska
B
Central 151,300 105,700 12.5 9.0 17,200
Nevada
B
Pacific 46,300 2,600 13.7 2.9 3,400
New Hampshire
C
Atlantic 8,700 4,400 4.9 3.2 2,000
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 44,600 17,500 6.1 3.9 7,100
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 44,700 5,200 12.1 1.6 3,800
New York
A
Atlantic 151,400 102,600 8.8 8.7 18,900
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 232,600 50,200 8.0 2.8 29,500
North Dakota
A
Central 406,900 159,600 13.3 7.2 34,400
Ohio
B
Mississippi 112,700 36,200 7.4 3.0 16,600
Oklahoma
A
Central 275,700 64,900 13.2 5.4 21,400
Oregon
A
Pacific 492,200 81,100 17.4 5.9 29,300
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 62,400 99,300 4.5 5.3 21,300
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 6,900 2,500 6.0 3.3 1,100
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 131,100 12,700 7.2 3.2 18,300
South Dakota
B
Central 188,100 75,600 13.5 6.7 15,600
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 186,700 20,900 11.0 2.3 18,700
Texas
B
Central 787,800 173,700 11.4 4.4 79,100
Utah
A
Pacific 179,100 17,000 13.0 2.2 14,600
Vermont
B
Atlantic 18,200 5,600 6.1 3.0 3,500
Virginia
B
Atlantic 124,500 33,000 6.9 2.6 17,700
Washington
A
Pacific 677,700 118,500 21.5 6.5 34,600
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 4,700 3,300 4.2 2.9 1,300
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 365,300 131,100 8.5 3.6 47,600
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 24,800 22,900 9.1 7.0 5,600

Alabama

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 69,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,900
Licenses Sold: 10,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.5
Geese Per Hunter: 1.3

Alaska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 45,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 10,200
Licenses Sold: 4,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.4
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Arizona

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 15,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 1,200
Licenses Sold: 2,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.9
Geese Per Hunter: 1.1

Arkansas

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.09 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 128,700
Licenses Sold: 77,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.2

California

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.08 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 198,200
Licenses Sold: 53,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 21.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.4

Colorado

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 76,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 69,100
Licenses Sold: 19,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.2

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 12,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 10,000
Licenses Sold: 2,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.0
Geese Per Hunter: 5.3

Delaware

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 26,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 8,600
Licenses Sold: 3,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 135,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,500
Licenses Sold: 14,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.7
Geese Per Hunter: 6.1

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 110,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 21,300
Licenses Sold: 16,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.1
Geese Per Hunter: 2.7

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: 260,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 42,400
Licenses Sold: 21,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.6

Illinois

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 328,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 105,000
Licenses Sold: 25,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.0
Geese Per Hunter: 6.3

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 81,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 47,900
Licenses Sold: 13,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 127,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 53,200
Licenses Sold: 12,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.4
Geese Per Hunter: 6.5

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 156,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 70,800
Licenses Sold: 16,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.3
Geese Per Hunter: 7.3

Kentucky

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 82,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 21,800
Licenses Sold: 8,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 572,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 51,400
Licenses Sold: 50,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.1

Maine

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 23,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 7,200
Licenses Sold: 4,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.6
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

Maryland

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 117,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 48,800
Licenses Sold: 26,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Massachusetts

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 29,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,300
Licenses Sold: 4,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.4

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 235,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 153,000
Licenses Sold: 38,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.1
Geese Per Hunter: 4.9

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 445,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 200,200
Licenses Sold: 57,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.0

Mississippi

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 201,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 21,700
Licenses Sold: 14,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.7

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 273,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 49,200
Licenses Sold: 27,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.3
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Montana

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 104,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 64,400
Licenses Sold: 16,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.1
Geese Per Hunter: 6.1

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 151,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 105,700
Licenses Sold: 17,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.5
Geese Per Hunter: 9.0

Nevada

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 46,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,600
Licenses Sold: 3,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

New Hampshire

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 8,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,400
Licenses Sold: 2,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

New Jersey

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 44,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 17,500
Licenses Sold: 7,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 44,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,200
Licenses Sold: 3,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.1
Geese Per Hunter: 1.6

New York

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 151,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 102,600
Licenses Sold: 18,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.8
Geese Per Hunter: 8.7

North Carolina

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 232,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 50,200
Licenses Sold: 29,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

North Dakota

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 406,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 159,600
Licenses Sold: 34,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.3
Geese Per Hunter: 7.2

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 112,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 36,200
Licenses Sold: 16,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.4
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Oklahoma

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 275,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 64,900
Licenses Sold: 21,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.4

Oregon

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 492,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 81,100
Licenses Sold: 29,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 17.4
Geese Per Hunter: 5.9

Pennsylvania

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 62,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 99,300
Licenses Sold: 21,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.5
Geese Per Hunter: 5.3

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 6,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,500
Licenses Sold: 1,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

South Carolina

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 131,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 12,700
Licenses Sold: 18,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

South Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 188,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 75,600
Licenses Sold: 15,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.5
Geese Per Hunter: 6.7

Tennessee

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 186,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 20,900
Licenses Sold: 18,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.3

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 787,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 173,700
Licenses Sold: 79,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.4
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Utah

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 179,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 17,000
Licenses Sold: 14,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.2

Vermont

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 18,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,600
Licenses Sold: 3,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Virginia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 124,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 33,000
Licenses Sold: 17,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.9
Geese Per Hunter: 2.6

Washington

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 677,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 118,500
Licenses Sold: 34,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 21.5
Geese Per Hunter: 6.5

West Virginia

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 4,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,300
Licenses Sold: 1,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.2
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

Wisconsin

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 365,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 131,100
Licenses Sold: 47,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 24,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 22,900
Licenses Sold: 5,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.0