Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 97,600 Goose Population 15,100

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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 1.01 million Goose Population 126,700

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California

A

Duck Population 1.08 million Goose Population 198,200

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 88,200 Goose Population 78,000

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 16,400 Goose Population 8,900

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Delaware

B

Duck Population 28,900 Goose Population 9,500

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Florida

B

Duck Population 142,800 Goose Population N/A

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 118,900 Goose Population 12,800

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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 176,800 Goose Population 68,200

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 75,000 Goose Population 41,200

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 176,100 Goose Population 47,000

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 174,600 Goose Population 65,800

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Kentucky

C

Duck Population 108,900 Goose Population 22,000

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 505,800 Goose Population 22,100

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Maine

B

Duck Population 39,500 Goose Population 11,400

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 158,100 Goose Population 94,300

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 25,400 Goose Population 17,700

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 239,600 Goose Population 93,900

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 482,500 Goose Population 144,200

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Mississippi

A

Duck Population 149,100 Goose Population 15,000

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 314,100 Goose Population 60,600

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Montana

B

Duck Population 169,800 Goose Population 53,100

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 124,300 Goose Population 100,200

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 46,300 Goose Population 2,600

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New Hampshire

C

Duck Population 13,600 Goose Population 3,200

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 54,800 Goose Population 29,000

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 37,600 Goose Population 10,200

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New York

A

Duck Population 142,500 Goose Population 78,100

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 476,300 Goose Population 41,100

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North Dakota

A

Duck Population 470,800 Goose Population 138,500

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 81,300 Goose Population 38,800

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 218,000 Goose Population 39,200

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 492,200 Goose Population 81,100

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 63,700 Goose Population 90,500

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 8,800 Goose Population 8,000

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 156,200 Goose Population 6,700

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 152,300 Goose Population 74,800

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 199,600 Goose Population 20,600

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Texas

B

Duck Population 955,900 Goose Population 149,500

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Utah

A

Duck Population 179,100 Goose Population 17,000

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 16,500 Goose Population 7,400

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 143,700 Goose Population 33,400

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Washington

A

Duck Population 677,700 Goose Population 118,500

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 3,600 Goose Population 2,800

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 366,400 Goose Population 128,600

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 33,000 Goose Population 20,300

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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 97,600 15,100 7.7 4.6 13,400
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 1.01 million 126,700 16.6 4.8 61,900
California
A
Pacific 1.08 million 198,200 21.1 5.4 53,500
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 88,200 78,000 7.4 6.2 19,700
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 16,400 8,900 9.3 4.7 2,600
Delaware
B
Atlantic 28,900 9,500 7.9 3.4 4,200
Florida
B
Atlantic 142,800 N/A 9.2 N/A 15,500
Georgia
B
Atlantic 118,900 12,800 8.0 2.1 15,200
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 176,800 68,200 7.8 4.4 27,400
Indiana
C
Mississippi 75,000 41,200 8.1 5.9 9,800
Iowa
C
Mississippi 176,100 47,000 10.9 4.3 16,700
Kansas
B
Central 174,600 65,800 9.7 4.8 20,700
Kentucky
C
Mississippi 108,900 22,000 9.6 3.0 13,700
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 505,800 22,100 13.9 1.8 37,100
Maine
B
Atlantic 39,500 11,400 5.7 4.5 6,100
Maryland
A
Atlantic 158,100 94,300 6.9 4.6 31,900
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 25,400 17,700 5.8 4.6 5,800
Michigan
B
Mississippi 239,600 93,900 7.2 3.0 35,300
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 482,500 144,200 9.1 3.3 59,000
Mississippi
A
Mississippi 149,100 15,000 12.5 3.0 12,000
Missouri
B
Mississippi 314,100 60,600 9.0 4.9 38,900
Montana
B
Central and Pacific 169,800 53,100 11.6 5.6 18,900
Nebraska
B
Central 124,300 100,200 10.6 9.0 15,000
Nevada
B
Pacific 46,300 2,600 13.7 2.9 3,400
New Hampshire
C
Atlantic 13,600 3,200 8.5 2.8 2,100
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 54,800 29,000 8.0 4.7 7,800
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 37,600 10,200 11.5 3.2 6,000
New York
A
Atlantic 142,500 78,100 6.6 5.3 22,900
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 476,300 41,100 11.6 2.0 41,400
North Dakota
A
Central 470,800 138,500 14.0 6.0 36,400
Ohio
B
Mississippi 81,300 38,800 5.3 2.8 18,800
Oklahoma
A
Central 218,000 39,200 10.9 4.4 21,200
Oregon
A
Pacific 492,200 81,100 17.4 5.9 29,300
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 63,700 90,500 2.8 4.6 34,400
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 8,800 8,000 5.5 6.2 1,900
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 156,200 6,700 9.2 1.5 19,700
South Dakota
B
Central 152,300 74,800 9.8 5.2 18,800
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 199,600 20,600 9.0 2.6 22,500
Texas
B
Central 955,900 149,500 12.9 3.4 99,900
Utah
A
Pacific 179,100 17,000 13.0 2.2 14,600
Vermont
B
Atlantic 16,500 7,400 7.8 5.1 2,500
Virginia
B
Atlantic 143,700 33,400 6.3 2.4 23,400
Washington
A
Pacific 677,700 118,500 21.5 6.5 34,600
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 3,600 2,800 3.3 2.9 1,500
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 366,400 128,600 7.7 3.6 61,000
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 33,000 20,300 9.0 5.4 6,000

Alabama

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 97,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 15,100
Licenses Sold: 13,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

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: 1.01 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 126,700
Licenses Sold: 61,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 16.6
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

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: 88,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 78,000
Licenses Sold: 19,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.4
Geese Per Hunter: 6.2

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 16,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 8,900
Licenses Sold: 2,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.3
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

Delaware

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 28,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,500
Licenses Sold: 4,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 142,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: N/A
Licenses Sold: 15,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.2
Geese Per Hunter: N/A

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 118,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 12,800
Licenses Sold: 15,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.1

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: 176,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 68,200
Licenses Sold: 27,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.8
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 75,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 41,200
Licenses Sold: 9,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.9

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 176,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 47,000
Licenses Sold: 16,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 174,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 65,800
Licenses Sold: 20,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

Kentucky

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 108,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 22,000
Licenses Sold: 13,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.6
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 505,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 22,100
Licenses Sold: 37,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.9
Geese Per Hunter: 1.8

Maine

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 39,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,400
Licenses Sold: 6,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Maryland

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 158,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 94,300
Licenses Sold: 31,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

Massachusetts

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 25,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 17,700
Licenses Sold: 5,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.8
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 239,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 93,900
Licenses Sold: 35,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.2
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 482,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 144,200
Licenses Sold: 59,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Mississippi

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 149,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 15,000
Licenses Sold: 12,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.0

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 314,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 60,600
Licenses Sold: 38,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.9

Montana

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 169,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 53,100
Licenses Sold: 18,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.6
Geese Per Hunter: 5.6

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 124,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 100,200
Licenses Sold: 15,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.6
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: 13,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 3,200
Licenses Sold: 2,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

New Jersey

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 54,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 29,000
Licenses Sold: 7,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 37,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 10,200
Licenses Sold: 6,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

New York

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 142,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 78,100
Licenses Sold: 22,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.6
Geese Per Hunter: 5.3

North Carolina

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 476,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 41,100
Licenses Sold: 41,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.6
Geese Per Hunter: 2.0

North Dakota

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 470,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 138,500
Licenses Sold: 36,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.0
Geese Per Hunter: 6.0

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 81,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 38,800
Licenses Sold: 18,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.8

Oklahoma

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 218,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 39,200
Licenses Sold: 21,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

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: 63,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 90,500
Licenses Sold: 34,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 2.8
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 8,800
Geese Statewide Harvest: 8,000
Licenses Sold: 1,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.5
Geese Per Hunter: 6.2

South Carolina

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 156,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 6,700
Licenses Sold: 19,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.2
Geese Per Hunter: 1.5

South Dakota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 152,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 74,800
Licenses Sold: 18,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.2

Tennessee

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 199,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 20,600
Licenses Sold: 22,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 2.6

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 955,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 149,500
Licenses Sold: 99,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

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: 16,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 7,400
Licenses Sold: 2,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.8
Geese Per Hunter: 5.1

Virginia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 143,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 33,400
Licenses Sold: 23,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.4

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: 3,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,800
Licenses Sold: 1,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 3.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

Wisconsin

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 366,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 128,600
Licenses Sold: 61,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 3.6

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 33,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 20,300
Licenses Sold: 6,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 5.4