Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 106,800 Goose Population 12,500

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 61,600 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 1.31 million Goose Population 239,000

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Colorado

B

Duck Population 93,000 Goose Population 127,700

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Connecticut

D

Duck Population 16,100 Goose Population 11,000

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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 231,600 Goose Population 67,700

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Illinois

B

Duck Population 305,700 Goose Population 151,600

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Indiana

C

Duck Population 90,900 Goose Population 47,100

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Iowa

C

Duck Population 156,000 Goose Population 59,600

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Kansas

B

Duck Population 156,100 Goose Population 114,800

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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 27,400 Goose Population 11,400

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 89,200 Goose Population 106,100

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Massachusetts

C

Duck Population 21,400 Goose Population 9,300

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Michigan

B

Duck Population 297,500 Goose Population 180,500

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Minnesota

B

Duck Population 521,000 Goose Population 177,700

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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 148,100 Goose Population 42,200

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Nebraska

B

Duck Population 137,500 Goose Population 143,200

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Nevada

B

Duck Population 27,200 Goose Population 4,500

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New Hampshire

B

Duck Population 8,000 Goose Population 4,800

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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 176,700 Goose Population 117,300

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 309,200 Goose Population 39,500

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North Dakota

B

Duck Population 437,300 Goose Population 179,800

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Ohio

B

Duck Population 94,100 Goose Population 60,400

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Oklahoma

A

Duck Population 261,600 Goose Population 42,100

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Oregon

A

Duck Population 477,900 Goose Population 55,800

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Pennsylvania

B

Duck Population 62,700 Goose Population 80,800

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Rhode Island

B

Duck Population 9,000 Goose Population 9,000

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South Carolina

B

Duck Population 139,400 Goose Population 19,257

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 124,900 Goose Population 87,200

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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 17,600 Goose Population 8,900

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 119,800 Goose Population 40,500

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Washington

A

Duck Population 328,700 Goose Population 65,100

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 5,800 Goose Population 3,600

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Wisconsin

B

Duck Population 365,500 Goose Population 96,400

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Wyoming

C

Duck Population 41,500 Goose Population 35,600

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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 61,600 7,800 9.9 3.1 6,000
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 1.31 million 239,000 23.2 5.4 59,300
Colorado
B
Central and Pacific 93,000 127,700 8.0 9.1 19,500
Connecticut
D
Atlantic 16,100 11,000 7.8 3.7 2,800
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 231,600 67,700 13.1 4.3 20,400
Illinois
B
Mississippi 305,700 151,600 12.7 7.0 29,000
Indiana
C
Mississippi 90,900 47,100 8.7 4.5 12,400
Iowa
C
Mississippi 156,000 59,600 11.6 4.5 15,700
Kansas
B
Central 156,100 114,800 8.7 9.3 22,200
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 27,400 11,400 5.9 4.0 5,000
Maryland
A
Atlantic 89,200 106,100 4.7 4.8 28,600
Massachusetts
C
Atlantic 21,400 9,300 4.4 3.4 4,300
Michigan
B
Mississippi 297,500 180,500 9.0 5.2 42,900
Minnesota
B
Mississippi 521,000 177,700 8.6 4.2 65,900
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 148,100 42,200 12.1 5.2 13,500
Nebraska
B
Central 137,500 143,200 12.9 11.0 16,200
Nevada
B
Pacific 27,200 4,500 11.2 2.8 2,800
New Hampshire
B
Atlantic 8,000 4,800 4.7 4.0 1,900
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 176,700 117,300 9.7 7.5 22,700
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 309,200 39,500 9.8 2.0 34,600
North Dakota
B
Central 437,300 179,800 13.1 7.2 38,000
Ohio
B
Mississippi 94,100 60,400 8.5 4.6 15,700
Oklahoma
A
Central 261,600 42,100 16.1 5.3 16,600
Oregon
A
Pacific 477,900 55,800 17.9 4.2 27,800
Pennsylvania
B
Atlantic 62,700 80,800 5.2 4.6 27,300
Rhode Island
B
Atlantic 9,000 9,000 9.8 11.1 1,000
South Carolina
B
Atlantic 139,400 19,257 8.5 3.9 16,400
South Dakota
B
Central 124,900 87,200 11.7 6.8 16,300
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 17,600 8,900 5.2 4.3 3,800
Virginia
B
Atlantic 119,800 40,500 6.6 3.6 21,500
Washington
A
Pacific 328,700 65,100 15.6 5.8 22,400
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 5,800 3,600 6.1 3.8 1,000
Wisconsin
B
Mississippi 365,500 96,400 6.6 2.2 61,900
Wyoming
C
Central and Pacific 41,500 35,600 10.1 8.5 5,800

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: 61,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 7,800
Licenses Sold: 6,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.9
Geese Per Hunter: 3.1

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: 1.31 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 239,000
Licenses Sold: 59,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 23.2
Geese Per Hunter: 5.4

Colorado

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 93,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 127,700
Licenses Sold: 19,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.0
Geese Per Hunter: 9.1

Connecticut

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 16,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,000
Licenses Sold: 2,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.8
Geese Per Hunter: 3.7

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: 231,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 67,700
Licenses Sold: 20,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.1
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

Illinois

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 305,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 151,600
Licenses Sold: 29,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.7
Geese Per Hunter: 7.0

Indiana

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 90,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 47,100
Licenses Sold: 12,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Iowa

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 156,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 59,600
Licenses Sold: 15,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.6
Geese Per Hunter: 4.5

Kansas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 156,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 114,800
Licenses Sold: 22,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.7
Geese Per Hunter: 9.3

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: 27,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 11,400
Licenses Sold: 5,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.0

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: 21,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,300
Licenses Sold: 4,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.4
Geese Per Hunter: 3.4

Michigan

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 297,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 180,500
Licenses Sold: 42,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.0
Geese Per Hunter: 5.2

Minnesota

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 521,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 177,700
Licenses Sold: 65,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.6
Geese Per Hunter: 4.2

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: 148,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 42,200
Licenses Sold: 13,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.1
Geese Per Hunter: 5.2

Nebraska

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 137,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 143,200
Licenses Sold: 16,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.9
Geese Per Hunter: 11.0

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: 8,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,800
Licenses Sold: 1,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.0

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: 176,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 117,300
Licenses Sold: 22,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.7
Geese Per Hunter: 7.5

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: 437,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 179,800
Licenses Sold: 38,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.1
Geese Per Hunter: 7.2

Ohio

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 94,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 60,400
Licenses Sold: 15,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

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: 477,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 55,800
Licenses Sold: 27,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 17.9
Geese Per Hunter: 4.2

Pennsylvania

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 62,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 80,800
Licenses Sold: 27,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.2
Geese Per Hunter: 4.6

Rhode Island

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 9,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 9,000
Licenses Sold: 1,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.8
Geese Per Hunter: 11.1

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: 124,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 87,200
Licenses Sold: 16,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.7
Geese Per Hunter: 6.8

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: 17,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 8,900
Licenses Sold: 3,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 5.2
Geese Per Hunter: 4.3

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: 328,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 65,100
Licenses Sold: 22,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.6
Geese Per Hunter: 5.8

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: 365,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 96,400
Licenses Sold: 61,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.6
Geese Per Hunter: 2.2

Wyoming

C

Duck Statewide Harvest: 41,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 35,600
Licenses Sold: 5,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.1
Geese Per Hunter: 8.5