Duck Hunting in Pennsylvania

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  • B
  • 62,400

    Duck Statewide Harvest

  • 99,300

    Goose Statewide Harvest

  • 21,300

    No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually

  • 4.5

    Ducks Per Hunter

  • 5.3

    Geese Per Hunter

  • $20.90

    Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $3.90

    Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

  • Season $101.90; seven-day small-game $31.90

    Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $6.90

    Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

Duck Hunting Nation Knowledge

The Keystone State might not be as esteemed for waterfowling as it is for deer and turkey hunting, but variety alone sets it apart from others.

The state features many lakes, streams, ponds and rivers, plus abundant ag fields. Pennsylvania hunters annually take good numbers of mallards, wood ducks and black ducks, and many also experience good action for buffleheads, bluebills, ringnecks and green-winged teal. Canada goose action remains solid in Pennsylvania, as hunters shot almost 96,000 honkers in 2019-'20, plus more than 2,700 snows.

The Susquehanna River corridor near Harrisburg typically features quality late-season waterfowl hunting, mostly for honkers and some snows. Hunters typically decoy- or pass-shoot from open water in the area or try to gain access to nearby ag fields.

— Compiled and written by Brian Lovett


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