Duck Hunting Nation

Alabama

B

Duck Population 175,500 Goose Population 22,200

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Alaska

B

Duck Population 61,600 Goose Population 7,800

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Arizona

C

Duck Population 12,900 Goose Population 1,800

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Arkansas

A

Duck Population 1.01 million Goose Population 188,800

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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 35,000 Goose Population 26,700

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Florida

B

Duck Population 143,300 Goose Population 2,100

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Georgia

B

Duck Population 175,400 Goose Population 25,300

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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 144,400 Goose Population 38,900

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Louisiana

A

Duck Population 1.08 million Goose Population 75,200

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Maine

B

Duck Population 27,400 Goose Population 11,400

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Maryland

A

Duck Population 120,300 Goose Population 185,600

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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 259,200 Goose Population 32,300

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Missouri

B

Duck Population 484,100 Goose Population 117,900

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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 30,400 Goose Population 4,900

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New Hampshire

C

Duck Population 8,000 Goose Population 4,800

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New Jersey

A

Duck Population 59,400 Goose Population 33,300

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New Mexico

D

Duck Population 42,600 Goose Population 2,100

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New York

A

Duck Population 176,700 Goose Population 117,300

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North Carolina

A

Duck Population 345,900 Goose Population 43,600

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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 197,400 Goose Population 60,800

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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 189,100 Goose Population 15,700

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South Dakota

B

Duck Population 124,900 Goose Population 87,200

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Tennessee

B

Duck Population 207,200 Goose Population 27,100

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Texas

B

Duck Population 1.21 million Goose Population 231,900

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Utah

A

Duck Population 225,700 Goose Population 27,000

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Vermont

B

Duck Population 17,600 Goose Population 8,900

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Virginia

B

Duck Population 149,900 Goose Population 61,100

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Washington

A

Duck Population 328,700 Goose Population 65,100

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West Virginia

D

Duck Population 4,900 Goose Population 5,600

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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 175,500 22,200 11.3 4.8 15,900
Alaska
B
Pacific 61,600 7,800 9.9 3.1 6,000
Arizona
C
Pacific 12,900 1,800 6.3 1.5 2,200
Arkansas
A
Mississippi 1.01 million 188,800 19.3 6.7 55,200
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 35,000 26,700 10.5 7.6 4,700
Florida
B
Atlantic 143,300 2,100 9.7 1.1 14,700
Georgia
B
Atlantic 175,400 25,300 8.5 3.2 20,900
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 144,400 38,900 14.3 4.4 11,100
Louisiana
A
Mississippi 1.08 million 75,200 23.1 4.9 47,400
Maine
B
Atlantic 27,400 11,400 5.9 4.0 5,000
Maryland
A
Atlantic 120,300 185,600 6.7 7.6 32,200
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 259,200 32,300 20.3 3.8 12,800
Missouri
B
Mississippi 484,100 117,900 12.5 8.3 40,800
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 30,400 4,900 11.7 2.0 2,700
New Hampshire
C
Atlantic 8,000 4,800 4.7 4.0 1,900
New Jersey
A
Atlantic 59,400 33,300 8.4 6.6 7,800
New Mexico
D
Central and Pacific 42,600 2,100 14.1 1.3 4,700
New York
A
Atlantic 176,700 117,300 9.7 7.5 22,700
North Carolina
A
Atlantic 345,900 43,600 13.3 2.4 28,500
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 197,400 60,800 12.5 7.7 16,900
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 189,100 15,700 10.1 3.3 19,200
South Dakota
B
Central 124,900 87,200 11.7 6.8 16,300
Tennessee
B
Mississippi 207,200 27,100 15.8 3.3 14,000
Texas
B
Central 1.21 million 231,900 14.0 4.8 93,600
Utah
A
Pacific 225,700 27,000 13.9 2.9 17,200
Vermont
B
Atlantic 17,600 8,900 5.2 4.3 3,800
Virginia
B
Atlantic 149,900 61,100 7.7 4.7 22,700
Washington
A
Pacific 328,700 65,100 15.6 5.8 22,400
West Virginia
D
Atlantic 4,900 5,600 4.9 5.6 1,300
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: 175,500
Geese Statewide Harvest: 22,200
Licenses Sold: 15,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.3
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

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: 12,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 1,800
Licenses Sold: 2,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.3
Geese Per Hunter: 1.5

Arkansas

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.01 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 188,800
Licenses Sold: 55,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 19.3
Geese Per Hunter: 6.7

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: 35,000
Geese Statewide Harvest: 26,700
Licenses Sold: 4,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.5
Geese Per Hunter: 7.6

Florida

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 143,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,100
Licenses Sold: 14,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 9.7
Geese Per Hunter: 1.1

Georgia

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 175,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 25,300
Licenses Sold: 20,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.5
Geese Per Hunter: 3.2

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: 144,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 38,900
Licenses Sold: 11,100
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.3
Geese Per Hunter: 4.4

Louisiana

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.08 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 75,200
Licenses Sold: 47,400
Ducks Per Hunter: 23.1
Geese Per Hunter: 4.9

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: 120,300
Geese Statewide Harvest: 185,600
Licenses Sold: 32,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 6.7
Geese Per Hunter: 7.6

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: 259,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 32,300
Licenses Sold: 12,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 20.3
Geese Per Hunter: 3.8

Missouri

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 484,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 117,900
Licenses Sold: 40,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.5
Geese Per Hunter: 8.3

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: 30,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 4,900
Licenses Sold: 2,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 11.7
Geese Per Hunter: 2.0

New Hampshire

C

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: 59,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 33,300
Licenses Sold: 7,800
Ducks Per Hunter: 8.4
Geese Per Hunter: 6.6

New Mexico

D

Duck Statewide Harvest: 42,600
Geese Statewide Harvest: 2,100
Licenses Sold: 4,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.1
Geese Per Hunter: 1.3

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: 345,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 43,600
Licenses Sold: 28,500
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.3
Geese Per Hunter: 2.4

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: 197,400
Geese Statewide Harvest: 60,800
Licenses Sold: 16,900
Ducks Per Hunter: 12.5
Geese Per Hunter: 7.7

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: 189,100
Geese Statewide Harvest: 15,700
Licenses Sold: 19,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 10.1
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

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: 207,200
Geese Statewide Harvest: 27,100
Licenses Sold: 14,000
Ducks Per Hunter: 15.8
Geese Per Hunter: 3.3

Texas

B

Duck Statewide Harvest: 1.21 million
Geese Statewide Harvest: 231,900
Licenses Sold: 93,600
Ducks Per Hunter: 14.0
Geese Per Hunter: 4.8

Utah

A

Duck Statewide Harvest: 225,700
Geese Statewide Harvest: 27,000
Licenses Sold: 17,200
Ducks Per Hunter: 13.9
Geese Per Hunter: 2.9

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: 149,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 61,100
Licenses Sold: 22,700
Ducks Per Hunter: 7.7
Geese Per Hunter: 4.7

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: 4,900
Geese Statewide Harvest: 5,600
Licenses Sold: 1,300
Ducks Per Hunter: 4.9
Geese Per Hunter: 5.6

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