Duck Hunting in Washington

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  • A
  • 677,700

    Duck Statewide Harvest

  • 118,500

    Goose Statewide Harvest

  • 34,600

    No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually

  • 21.5

    Ducks Per Hunter

  • 6.5

    Geese Per Hunter

  • $40.50

    Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $17 stamp, $13.20 state authorization

    Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

  • Annual $183.50; three-day $68

    Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $17 stamp, $13.20 state authorization

    Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

Duck Hunting Nation Knowledge

I live in Washington, so forgive the admitted bias. However, The Evergreen State deserves an A rating because — well, it’s that good.

It has nine species of Canada geese, plus specklebellies and Wrangell Island (Russia) snow geese, too. Plus, you’ll find clouds of puddle ducks, rafts of divers and sea ducks aplenty. Also, Washington is the only state in the Lower 48 where you can kill a harlequin. Sure, it’s a little spendy for nonresidents. Sure, the harlequin limit is one per year. And we won’t even discuss the convoluted goose hunting scenario in southwestern Washington.

However, despite those glitches, The Evergreen State offers some of the finest waterfowling in the United States. As for public lands, there’s plenty on the eastern side and a few on the western side, plus the Columbia River and the coast.

— Compiled and written by M.D. Johnson

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