Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 129,299 Goose Population 10,300

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 51,700 Goose Population 9,300

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Arizona

C

Duck Population 16,900 Goose Population 3,100

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Arkansas

A

Duck Population 889,000 Goose Population 132,100

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California

A

Duck Population 962,200 Goose Population 181,300

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 76,100 Goose Population 62,300

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 12,900 Goose Population 11,800

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Delaware

B

Duck Population 39,200 Goose Population 13,000

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Florida

B

Duck Population 130,500 Goose Population 2,300

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 121,000 Goose Population 26,000

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Hawaii

F

Duck Population N/A Goose Population N/A

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Idaho

A

Duck Population 165,300 Goose Population 70,300

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Illinois

B

Duck Population 210,700 Goose Population 108,700

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 83,600 Goose Population 66,100

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 174,000 Goose Population 61,400

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 261,700 Goose Population 106,400

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Kentucky

C

Duck Population 95,500 Goose Population 27,700

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 752,200 Goose Population 29,700

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Maine

B

Duck Population 40,500 Goose Population 14,300

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 127,100 Goose Population 56,400

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 27,600 Goose Population 13,500

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 252,800 Goose Population 171,000

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 529,600 Goose Population 145,800

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Mississippi

A

Duck Population 201,000 Goose Population 16,000

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 288,600 Goose Population 48,200

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Montana

B

Duck Population 218,700 Goose Population 83,500

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 165,400 Goose Population 77,200

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 42,300 Goose Population 6,800

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New Hampshire

C

Duck Population 9,700 Goose Population 3,700

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 46,700 Goose Population 26,900

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 28,400 Goose Population 4,500

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New York

A

Duck Population 123,900 Goose Population 83,200

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 323,400 Goose Population 31,300

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North Dakota

A

Duck Population 446,600 Goose Population 142,500

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 89,000 Goose Population 59,200

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 383,700 Goose Population 92,300

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 287,200 Goose Population 55,700

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 55,500 Goose Population 70,400

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 8,000 Goose Population 3,000

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 141,300 Goose Population 14,500

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 185,300 Goose Population 137,300

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 217,900 Goose Population 18,200

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Texas

B

Duck Population 1.19 million Goose Population 157,400

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Utah

A

Duck Population 190,900 Goose Population 19,200

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 19,900 Goose Population 11,900

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 129,000 Goose Population 32,100

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Washington

A

Duck Population 374,200 Goose Population 69,100

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 5,200 Goose Population 4,400

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 495,600 Goose Population 164,400

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 33,900 Goose Population 18,100

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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 129,299 10,300 9.9 2.8 13,100
Alaska
B
Pacific 51,700 9,300 11.2 4.1 4,900
Arizona
C
Pacific 16,900 3,100 9.0 4.5 1,900
Arkansas
A
Mississippi 889,000 132,100 15.8 6.2 59,700
California
A
Pacific 962,200 181,300 21.1 5.6 49,000
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 76,100 62,300 6.7 5.9 16,400
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 12,900 11,800 6.9 7.6 2,500
Delaware
B
Atlantic 39,200 13,000 9.1 3.9 5,200
Florida
B
Atlantic 130,500 2,300 9.0 1.8 14,500
Georgia
B
Atlantic 121,000 26,000 6.1 2.3 21,300
Hawaii
F
Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Idaho
A
Pacific 165,300 70,300 8.8 6.0 23,500
Illinois
B
Mississippi 210,700 108,700 8.0 5.3 34,400
Indiana
C
Mississippi 83,600 66,100 8.4 5.7 11,900
Iowa
C
Mississippi 174,000 61,400 15.2 6.6 13,600
Kansas
B
Central 261,700 106,400 13.1 7.1 24,200
Kentucky
C
Mississippi 95,500 27,700 8.5 3.5 11,800
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 752,200 29,700 19.7 3.9 38,800
Maine
B
Atlantic 40,500 14,300 7.1 4.4 6,000
Maryland
A
Atlantic 127,100 56,400 6.4 3.5 25,100
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 27,600 13,500 4.5 2.9 5,800
Michigan
B
Mississippi 252,800 171,000 9.0 6.4 35,300
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 529,600 145,800 9.6 3.4 60,100
Mississippi
A
Mississippi 201,000 16,000 12.8 2.5 16,100
Missouri
B
Mississippi 288,600 48,200 10.7 3.7 29,600
Montana
B
Central and Pacific 218,700 83,500 12.3 6.7 21,300
Nebraska
B
Central 165,400 77,200 13.9 6.0 17,000
Nevada
B
Pacific 42,300 6,800 10.8 2.8 4,600
New Hampshire
C
Atlantic 9,700 3,700 3.8 1.8 2,800
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 46,700 26,900 7.1 5.5 7,500
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 28,400 4,500 8.5 1.9 4,800
New York
A
Atlantic 123,900 83,200 7.1 6.2 18,000
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 323,400 31,300 11.0 1.7 30,900
North Dakota
A
Central 446,600 142,500 14.3 5.8 35,100
Ohio
B
Mississippi 89,000 59,200 6.7 4.4 18,000
Oklahoma
A
Central 383,700 92,300 16.4 6.8 24,300
Oregon
A
Pacific 287,200 55,700 15.7 6.3 19,800
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 55,500 70,400 3.6 3.8 25,800
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 8,000 3,000 5.4 3.2 1,400
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 141,300 14,500 6.1 2.1 23,600
South Dakota
B
Central 185,300 137,300 16.4 11.5 15,300
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 217,900 18,200 11.7 2.0 19,300
Texas
B
Central 1.19 million 157,400 14.9 4.4 84,300
Utah
A
Pacific 190,900 19,200 12.2 2.2 18,000
Vermont
B
Atlantic 19,900 11,900 9.0 5.6 3,000
Virginia
B
Atlantic 129,000 32,100 7.4 2.3 21,300
Washington
A
Pacific 374,200 69,100 15.2 5.5 26,500
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 5,200 4,400 4.2 3.6 1,500
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 495,600 164,400 9.0 4.3 67,100
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 33,900 18,100 9.3 5.0 5,400

Alabama

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 129,299
Geese Statewide Harvest: 10,300
Licenses Sold: 13,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.9
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

Alaska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 51,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,300
Licenses Sold: 4,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.2
Geese Per Hunter: 4.1

Arizona

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 16,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,100
Licenses Sold: 1,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Arkansas

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 889,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 132,100
Licenses Sold: 59,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.8
Geese Per Hunter: 6.2

California

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 962,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 181,300
Licenses Sold: 49,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 21.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.6

Colorado

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 76,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 62,300
Licenses Sold: 16,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 5.9

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 12,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,800
Licenses Sold: 2,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.9
Geese Per Hunter: 7.6

Delaware

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 39,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 13,000
Licenses Sold: 5,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 130,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,300
Licenses Sold: 14,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 1.8

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 121,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,000
Licenses Sold: 21,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.1
Geese Per Hunter: 2.3

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: 165,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 70,300
Licenses Sold: 23,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.8
Geese Per Hunter: 6.0

Illinois

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 210,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 108,700
Licenses Sold: 34,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.0
Geese Per Hunter: 5.3

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 83,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 66,100
Licenses Sold: 11,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.4
Geese Per Hunter: 5.7

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 174,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 61,400
Licenses Sold: 13,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.2
Geese Per Hunter: 6.6

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 261,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 106,400
Licenses Sold: 24,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.1

Kentucky

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 95,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 27,700
Licenses Sold: 11,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.5

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 752,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 29,700
Licenses Sold: 38,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 19.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

Maine

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 40,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 14,300
Licenses Sold: 6,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.1
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Maryland

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 127,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 56,400
Licenses Sold: 25,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.4
Geese Per Hunter: 3.5

Massachusetts

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 27,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 13,500
Licenses Sold: 5,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.5
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 252,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 171,000
Licenses Sold: 35,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 6.4

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 529,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 145,800
Licenses Sold: 60,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Mississippi

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 201,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 16,000
Licenses Sold: 16,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.8
Geese Per Hunter: 2.5

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 288,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 48,200
Licenses Sold: 29,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.7

Montana

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 218,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 83,500
Licenses Sold: 21,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.3
Geese Per Hunter: 6.7

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 165,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 77,200
Licenses Sold: 17,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.9
Geese Per Hunter: 6.0

Nevada

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 42,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 6,800
Licenses Sold: 4,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.8
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

New Hampshire

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 9,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,700
Licenses Sold: 2,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.8
Geese Per Hunter: 1.8

New Jersey

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 46,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,900
Licenses Sold: 7,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.5

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 28,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,500
Licenses Sold: 4,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 1.9

New York

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 123,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 83,200
Licenses Sold: 18,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.1
Geese Per Hunter: 6.2

North Carolina

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 323,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 31,300
Licenses Sold: 30,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.0
Geese Per Hunter: 1.7

North Dakota

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 446,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 142,500
Licenses Sold: 35,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.3
Geese Per Hunter: 5.8

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 89,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 59,200
Licenses Sold: 18,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Oklahoma

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 383,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 92,300
Licenses Sold: 24,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.4
Geese Per Hunter: 6.8

Oregon

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 287,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 55,700
Licenses Sold: 19,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.7
Geese Per Hunter: 6.3

Pennsylvania

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 55,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 70,400
Licenses Sold: 25,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 8,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,000
Licenses Sold: 1,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.4
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

South Carolina

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 141,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 14,500
Licenses Sold: 23,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.1
Geese Per Hunter: 2.1

South Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 185,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 137,300
Licenses Sold: 15,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.4
Geese Per Hunter: 11.5

Tennessee

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 217,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 18,200
Licenses Sold: 19,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.0

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.19 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 157,400
Licenses Sold: 84,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Utah

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 190,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 19,200
Licenses Sold: 18,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.2
Geese Per Hunter: 2.2

Vermont

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 19,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,900
Licenses Sold: 3,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 5.6

Virginia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 129,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 32,100
Licenses Sold: 21,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.4
Geese Per Hunter: 2.3

Washington

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 374,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 69,100
Licenses Sold: 26,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.5

West Virginia

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 5,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,400
Licenses Sold: 1,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Wisconsin

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 495,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 164,400
Licenses Sold: 67,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 33,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 18,100
Licenses Sold: 5,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.3
Geese Per Hunter: 5.0