Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 106,800 Goose Population 12,500

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 27,600 Goose Population 7,800

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Arizona

C

Duck Population 21,600 Goose Population 2,400

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Arkansas

A

Duck Population 945,400 Goose Population 86,800

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California

A

Duck Population 1.27 million Goose Population 169,100

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 111,800 Goose Population 80,200

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 11,600 Goose Population 5,800

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Delaware

B

Duck Population 27,800 Goose Population 13,700

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Florida

B

Duck Population 183,400 Goose Population 800

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 135,800 Goose Population 56,500

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Hawaii

F

Duck Population N/A Goose Population N/A

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Idaho

A

Duck Population 173,700 Goose Population 44,100

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Illinois

B

Duck Population 263,100 Goose Population 90,100

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 75,300 Goose Population 37,300

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 167,900 Goose Population 54,800

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 236,200 Goose Population 108,900

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Kentucky

C

Duck Population 129,300 Goose Population 28,900

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 846,300 Goose Population 54,200

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Maine

B

Duck Population 13,600 Goose Population 7,200

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 89,200 Goose Population 106,100

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 22,200 Goose Population 9,998

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 317,500 Goose Population 159,634

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 573,400 Goose Population 143,700

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Mississippi

A

Duck Population 222,800 Goose Population 14,600

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 408,600 Goose Population 45,700

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Montana

B

Duck Population 183,600 Goose Population 73,400

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 167,000 Goose Population 90,900

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 27,200 Goose Population 4,500

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New Hampshire

B

Duck Population 9,600 Goose Population 4,100

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 43,800 Goose Population 16,700

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 24,200 Goose Population 2,300

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New York

A

Duck Population 136,100 Goose Population 104,700

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 309,200 Goose Population 39,500

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North Dakota

B

Duck Population 509,300 Goose Population 162,400

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 120,500 Goose Population 65,000

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 261,600 Goose Population 42,100

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 239,100 Goose Population 52,000

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 69,400 Goose Population 76,400

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 6,000 Goose Population 4,000

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 139,400 Goose Population 19,257

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 180,700 Goose Population 73,100

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 196,400 Goose Population 20,200

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Texas

B

Duck Population 733,700 Goose Population 92,600

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Utah

A

Duck Population 193,000 Goose Population 21,100

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 14,700 Goose Population 6,733

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 119,800 Goose Population 40,500

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Washington

A

Duck Population 445,100 Goose Population 63,500

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 5,800 Goose Population 3,600

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 449,300 Goose Population 99,600

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 31,100 Goose Population 18,400

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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 106,800 12,500 9.0 3.0 12,100
Alaska
B
Pacific 27,600 7,800 8.5 4.9 3,100
Arizona
C
Pacific 21,600 2,400 9.4 2.0 2,300
Arkansas
A
Mississippi 945,400 86,800 19.4 4.4 49,200
California
A
Pacific 1.27 million 169,100 27.0 5.8 46,900
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 111,800 80,200 10.2 6.6 18,300
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 11,600 5,800 5.1 5.2 2,300
Delaware
B
Atlantic 27,800 13,700 8.2 4.3 4,300
Florida
B
Atlantic 183,400 800 13.6 .7 13,500
Georgia
B
Atlantic 135,800 56,500 7.5 3.7 18,200
Hawaii
F
Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Idaho
A
Pacific 173,700 44,100 14.7 4.7 14,400
Illinois
B
Mississippi 263,100 90,100 10.8 4.1 29,800
Indiana
C
Mississippi 75,300 37,300 8.7 4.8 10,300
Iowa
C
Mississippi 167,900 54,800 11.5 4.0 16,600
Kansas
B
Central 236,200 108,900 12.1 7.7 21,600
Kentucky
C
Mississippi 129,300 28,900 13.0 3.3 10,600
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 846,300 54,200 18.0 4.1 47,500
Maine
B
Atlantic 13,600 7,200 3.7 3.8 4,100
Maryland
A
Atlantic 89,200 106,100 4.7 4.8 28,600
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 22,200 9,998 4.5 2.9 5,100
Michigan
B
Mississippi 317,500 159,634 8.7 4.3 43,500
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 573,400 143,700 10.0 3.3 63,600
Mississippi
A
Mississippi 222,800 14,600 15.6 2.6 14,300
Missouri
B
Mississippi 408,600 45,700 13.4 4.3 32,600
Montana
B
Central and Pacific 183,600 73,400 10.9 6.0 22,700
Nebraska
B
Central 167,000 90,900 13.8 8.4 14,700
Nevada
B
Pacific 27,200 4,500 11.2 2.8 2,800
New Hampshire
B
Atlantic 9,600 4,100 4.1 2.8 2,900
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 43,800 16,700 6.7 4.5 6,900
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 24,200 2,300 11.7 1.7 2,200
New York
A
Atlantic 136,100 104,700 6.7 6.1 24,500
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 309,200 39,500 9.8 2.0 34,600
North Dakota
B
Central 509,300 162,400 14.7 5.8 39,600
Ohio
B
Mississippi 120,500 65,000 6.9 4.2 21,200
Oklahoma
A
Central 261,600 42,100 16.1 5.3 16,600
Oregon
A
Pacific 239,100 52,000 15.3 5.8 17,300
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 69,400 76,400 3.6 3.4 32,500
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 6,000 4,000 7.4 7.2 1,000
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 139,400 19,257 8.5 3.9 16,400
South Dakota
B
Central 180,700 73,100 13.5 7.4 15,600
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 196,400 20,200 25.0 3.4 8,000
Texas
B
Central 733,700 92,600 12.0 3.2 64,600
Utah
A
Pacific 193,000 21,100 13.7 2.4 16,500
Vermont
B
Atlantic 14,700 6,733 5.8 3.1 3,000
Virginia
B
Atlantic 119,800 40,500 6.6 3.6 21,500
Washington
A
Pacific 445,100 63,500 19.1 4.7 25,700
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 5,800 3,600 6.1 3.8 1,000
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 449,300 99,600 7.8 2.4 67,000
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 31,100 18,400 9.7 5.7 5,000

Alabama

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 106,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 12,500
Licenses Sold: 12,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Alaska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 27,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 7,800
Licenses Sold: 3,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.9

Arizona

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 21,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,400
Licenses Sold: 2,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.4
Geese Per Hunter: 2.0

Arkansas

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 945,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 86,800
Licenses Sold: 49,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 19.4
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

California

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.27 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 169,100
Licenses Sold: 46,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 27.0
Geese Per Hunter: 5.8

Colorado

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 111,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 80,200
Licenses Sold: 18,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.2
Geese Per Hunter: 6.6

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 11,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,800
Licenses Sold: 2,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.2

Delaware

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 27,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 13,700
Licenses Sold: 4,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.2
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 183,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 800
Licenses Sold: 13,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.6
Geese Per Hunter: .7

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 135,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 56,500
Licenses Sold: 18,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.7

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: 173,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 44,100
Licenses Sold: 14,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

Illinois

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 263,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 90,100
Licenses Sold: 29,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.8
Geese Per Hunter: 4.1

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 75,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 37,300
Licenses Sold: 10,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 167,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 54,800
Licenses Sold: 16,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.0

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 236,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 108,900
Licenses Sold: 21,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.7

Kentucky

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 129,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 28,900
Licenses Sold: 10,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 846,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 54,200
Licenses Sold: 47,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 18.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.1

Maine

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 13,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 7,200
Licenses Sold: 4,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Maryland

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 89,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 106,100
Licenses Sold: 28,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

Massachusetts

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 22,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,998
Licenses Sold: 5,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.5
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 317,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 159,634
Licenses Sold: 43,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 573,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 143,700
Licenses Sold: 63,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Mississippi

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 222,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 14,600
Licenses Sold: 14,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.6
Geese Per Hunter: 2.6

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 408,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 45,700
Licenses Sold: 32,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.4
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Montana

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 183,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 73,400
Licenses Sold: 22,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.9
Geese Per Hunter: 6.0

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 167,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 90,900
Licenses Sold: 14,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.8
Geese Per Hunter: 8.4

Nevada

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 27,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,500
Licenses Sold: 2,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.2
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

New Hampshire

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 9,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,100
Licenses Sold: 2,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.1
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

New Jersey

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 43,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 16,700
Licenses Sold: 6,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 24,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,300
Licenses Sold: 2,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.7
Geese Per Hunter: 1.7

New York

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 136,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 104,700
Licenses Sold: 24,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 6.1

North Carolina

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 309,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 39,500
Licenses Sold: 34,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.8
Geese Per Hunter: 2.0

North Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 509,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 162,400
Licenses Sold: 39,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.7
Geese Per Hunter: 5.8

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 120,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 65,000
Licenses Sold: 21,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.2

Oklahoma

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 261,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 42,100
Licenses Sold: 16,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.3

Oregon

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 239,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 52,000
Licenses Sold: 17,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.3
Geese Per Hunter: 5.8

Pennsylvania

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 69,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 76,400
Licenses Sold: 32,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 6,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,000
Licenses Sold: 1,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.4
Geese Per Hunter: 7.2

South Carolina

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 139,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 19,257
Licenses Sold: 16,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.9

South Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 180,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 73,100
Licenses Sold: 15,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.5
Geese Per Hunter: 7.4

Tennessee

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 196,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 20,200
Licenses Sold: 8,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 25.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 733,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 92,600
Licenses Sold: 64,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.0
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

Utah

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 193,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 21,100
Licenses Sold: 16,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.4

Vermont

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 14,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 6,733
Licenses Sold: 3,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.8
Geese Per Hunter: 3.1

Virginia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 119,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 40,500
Licenses Sold: 21,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Washington

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 445,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 63,500
Licenses Sold: 25,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 19.1
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

West Virginia

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 5,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,600
Licenses Sold: 1,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Wisconsin

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 449,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 99,600
Licenses Sold: 67,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.8
Geese Per Hunter: 2.4

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 31,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 18,400
Licenses Sold: 5,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.7
Geese Per Hunter: 5.7