Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 131,300 Goose Population 15,400

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 43,000 Goose Population 9,200

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Arizona

C

Duck Population 14,900 Goose Population 2,700

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Arkansas

A

Duck Population 915,900 Goose Population 152,200

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California

A

Duck Population 929,800 Goose Population 229,700

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 62,600 Goose Population 81,200

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 9,900 Goose Population 5,500

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Delaware

B

Duck Population 35,600 Goose Population 10,000

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Florida

B

Duck Population 162,100 Goose Population not listed

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 136,800 Goose Population 21,100

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Hawaii

F

Duck Population N/A Goose Population N/A

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Idaho

A

Duck Population 204,400 Goose Population 50,100

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Illinois

B

Duck Population 202,400 Goose Population 71,900

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 77,000 Goose Population 47,700

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 101,700 Goose Population 24,300

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 260,200 Goose Population 131,200

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Kentucky

C

Duck Population 120,600 Goose Population 33,400

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 614,000 Goose Population 43,200

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Maine

B

Duck Population 28,700 Goose Population 10,100

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 124,100 Goose Population 52,700

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 23,000 Goose Population 5,300

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 238,800 Goose Population 152,100

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 428,800 Goose Population 144,500

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Mississippi

A

Duck Population 164,300 Goose Population 31,800

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 365,400 Goose Population 48,200

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Montana

B

Duck Population 82,500 Goose Population 70,100

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 126,400 Goose Population 108,200

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 32,500 Goose Population 5,900

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New Hampshire

C

Duck Population 14,000 Goose Population 3,800

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 62,100 Goose Population 14,000

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 18,000 Goose Population 4,300

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New York

A

Duck Population 114,900 Goose Population 74,800

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 255,000 Goose Population 35,900

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North Dakota

A

Duck Population 289,000 Goose Population 162,700

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 107,400 Goose Population 87,000

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 309,000 Goose Population 75,100

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 385,100 Goose Population 52,900

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 45,800 Goose Population 42,200

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 7,000 Goose Population 2,700

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 119,800 Goose Population 8,000

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 147,200 Goose Population 96,300

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 192,000 Goose Population 14,200

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Texas

B

Duck Population 694,200 Goose Population 103,100

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Utah

A

Duck Population 176,000 Goose Population 23,600

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 12,700 Goose Population 6,200

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 110,900 Goose Population 21,000

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Washington

A

Duck Population 416,000 Goose Population 78,100

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 4,600 Goose Population 5,900

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 318,700 Goose Population 136,600

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 23,100 Goose Population 28,200

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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 131,300 15,400 9.1 2.8 14,400
Alaska
B
Pacific 43,000 9,200 7.7 2.7 5,600
Arizona
C
Pacific 14,900 2,700 6.0 2.2 2,600
Arkansas
A
Mississippi 915,900 152,200 16.2 6.4 59,200
California
A
Pacific 929,800 229,700 21.1 7.2 47,500
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 62,600 81,200 7.7 7.9 13,800
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 9,900 5,500 5.2 4.7 2,100
Delaware
B
Atlantic 35,600 10,000 10.1 3.6 5,200
Florida
B
Atlantic 162,100 not listed 10.4 4.4 15,600
Georgia
B
Atlantic 136,800 21,100 6.4 2.9 22,200
Hawaii
F
Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Idaho
A
Pacific 204,400 50,100 14.8 4.3 16,500
Illinois
B
Mississippi 202,400 71,900 11.0 4.7 23,200
Indiana
C
Mississippi 77,000 47,700 7.7 5.4 11,400
Iowa
C
Mississippi 101,700 24,300 9.9 3.4 12,900
Kansas
B
Central 260,200 131,200 12.5 7.5 25,600
Kentucky
C
Mississippi 120,600 33,400 13.9 4.1 9,200
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 614,000 43,200 16.5 6.0 37,900
Maine
B
Atlantic 28,700 10,100 5.2 3.1 5,800
Maryland
A
Atlantic 124,100 52,700 6.2 3.3 25,900
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 23,000 5,300 5.6 2.4 4,600
Michigan
B
Mississippi 238,800 152,100 7.8 5.5 39,500
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 428,800 144,500 7.8 3.5 61,500
Mississippi
A
Mississippi 164,300 31,800 15.6 6.3 10,600
Missouri
B
Mississippi 365,400 48,200 14.0 4.6 61,500
Montana
B
Central and Pacific 82,500 70,100 7.4 6.3 17,600
Nebraska
B
Central 126,400 108,200 9.4 8.1 17,400
Nevada
B
Pacific 32,500 5,900 10.2 2.5 3,200
New Hampshire
C
Atlantic 14,000 3,800 6.6 3.1 2,100
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 62,100 14,000 8.9 3.3 7,900
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 18,000 4,300 3.4 1.2 8,700
New York
A
Atlantic 114,900 74,800 7.1 5.9 19,500
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 255,000 35,900 8.3 2.6 33,200
North Dakota
A
Central 289,000 162,700 9.7 6.1 34,400
Ohio
B
Mississippi 107,400 87,000 7.5 6.3 17,500
Oklahoma
A
Central 309,000 75,100 13.2 6.5 23,800
Oregon
A
Pacific 385,100 52,900 19.2 5.0 21,500
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 45,800 42,200 3.2 3.3 22,500
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 7,000 2,700 5.1 3.0 1,200
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 119,800 8,000 7.5 2.6 16,600
South Dakota
B
Central 147,200 96,300 10.3 7.0 17,400
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 192,000 14,200 10.4 2.2 18,700
Texas
B
Central 694,200 103,100 10.7 2.9 71,700
Utah
A
Pacific 176,000 23,600 11.2 3.1 16,900
Vermont
B
Atlantic 12,700 6,200 6.4 3.8 2,900
Virginia
B
Atlantic 110,900 21,000 6.7 2.5 19,800
Washington
A
Pacific 416,000 78,100 15.2 5.6 29,900
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 4,600 5,900 3.9 6.3 1,400
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 318,700 136,600 6.7 3.2 57,700
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 23,100 28,200 6.2 7.3 6,000

Alabama

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 131,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 15,400
Licenses Sold: 14,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.1
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

Alaska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 43,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,200
Licenses Sold: 5,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.7

Arizona

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 14,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,700
Licenses Sold: 2,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.2

Arkansas

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 915,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 152,200
Licenses Sold: 59,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.2
Geese Per Hunter: 6.4

California

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 929,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 229,700
Licenses Sold: 47,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 21.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.2

Colorado

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 62,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 81,200
Licenses Sold: 13,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 7.9

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 9,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,500
Licenses Sold: 2,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.2
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

Delaware

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 35,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 10,000
Licenses Sold: 5,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 162,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: not listed
Licenses Sold: 15,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.4
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 136,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 21,100
Licenses Sold: 22,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.4
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

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: 204,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 50,100
Licenses Sold: 16,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.8
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Illinois

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 202,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 71,900
Licenses Sold: 23,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 77,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 47,700
Licenses Sold: 11,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 5.4

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 101,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 24,300
Licenses Sold: 12,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 260,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 131,200
Licenses Sold: 25,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.5
Geese Per Hunter: 7.5

Kentucky

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 120,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 33,400
Licenses Sold: 9,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.1

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 614,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 43,200
Licenses Sold: 37,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.5
Geese Per Hunter: 6.0

Maine

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 28,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 10,100
Licenses Sold: 5,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.1

Maryland

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 124,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 52,700
Licenses Sold: 25,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Massachusetts

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 23,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,300
Licenses Sold: 4,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.6
Geese Per Hunter: 2.4

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 238,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 152,100
Licenses Sold: 39,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.5

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 428,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 144,500
Licenses Sold: 61,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.8
Geese Per Hunter: 3.5

Mississippi

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 164,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 31,800
Licenses Sold: 10,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.6
Geese Per Hunter: 6.3

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 365,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 48,200
Licenses Sold: 61,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

Montana

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 82,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 70,100
Licenses Sold: 17,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.4
Geese Per Hunter: 6.3

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 126,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 108,200
Licenses Sold: 17,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.4
Geese Per Hunter: 8.1

Nevada

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 32,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,900
Licenses Sold: 3,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.2
Geese Per Hunter: 2.5

New Hampshire

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 14,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,800
Licenses Sold: 2,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.1

New Jersey

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 62,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 14,000
Licenses Sold: 7,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 18,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,300
Licenses Sold: 8,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.4
Geese Per Hunter: 1.2

New York

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 114,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 74,800
Licenses Sold: 19,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.9

North Carolina

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 255,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 35,900
Licenses Sold: 33,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.6

North Dakota

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 289,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 162,700
Licenses Sold: 34,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.7
Geese Per Hunter: 6.1

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 107,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 87,000
Licenses Sold: 17,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.5
Geese Per Hunter: 6.3

Oklahoma

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 309,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 75,100
Licenses Sold: 23,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.2
Geese Per Hunter: 6.5

Oregon

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 385,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 52,900
Licenses Sold: 21,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 19.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.0

Pennsylvania

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 45,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 42,200
Licenses Sold: 22,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 7,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,700
Licenses Sold: 1,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

South Carolina

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 119,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 8,000
Licenses Sold: 16,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.5
Geese Per Hunter: 2.6

South Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 147,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 96,300
Licenses Sold: 17,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.3
Geese Per Hunter: 7.0

Tennessee

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 192,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 14,200
Licenses Sold: 18,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.4
Geese Per Hunter: 2.2

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 694,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 103,100
Licenses Sold: 71,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

Utah

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 176,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 23,600
Licenses Sold: 16,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.1

Vermont

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 12,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 6,200
Licenses Sold: 2,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.4
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Virginia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 110,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 21,000
Licenses Sold: 19,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.5

Washington

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 416,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 78,100
Licenses Sold: 29,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.6

West Virginia

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 4,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,900
Licenses Sold: 1,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.9
Geese Per Hunter: 6.3

Wisconsin

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 318,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 136,600
Licenses Sold: 57,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 23,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 28,200
Licenses Sold: 6,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.2
Geese Per Hunter: 7.3