Duck Hunting in New York

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  • 151,400

    Duck Statewide Harvest

  • 102,600

    Goose Statewide Harvest

  • 18,900

    No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually

  • 8.8

    Ducks Per Hunter

  • 8.7

    Geese Per Hunter

  • $22

    Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

  • $100

    Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

Duck Hunting Nation Knowledge

When you combine scores of enthusiastic hunters with diverse waterfowl opportunities, you see some impressive numbers.

New York hunters shot more than 151,000 ducks and almost 103,000 geese in 2019-'20. The usual suspects — mallards, buffleheads, wood ducks, black ducks and green-winged teal — led the way, but Empire State waterfowlers also took good numbers of wigeon, pintails, redheads, bluebills, goldeneyes, scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks. Honkers topped the goose category, of course, but New York hunters also shot 8,135 snows and 5,179 brant.

Various waterfowl habitats — including inland wetlands, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the Niagara River — and abundant public land give New York a solid A grade.

The state is somewhat unique because it splits waterfowl seasons to allow great early-, mid- and late-season hunting. The late season often produces great sea duck action along the coast and Great Lakes, including Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, where scoters and long-tailed ducks winter and feed heavily on mussels, smelt and emerald shiners.

— Compiled and written by Brian Lovett

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