Preliminary Harvest Estimates Available

image of Snow Geese from USFWS

Over 13.7 million ducks were harvested in the United States during the 2008-2009 waterfowl hunting season, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest report. Duck harvest was down from 14.6 million harvest numbers from the previous season. More than 3.8 million geese were harvested, an increase of 120,000 from the 2007-2008 season. Canada Geese were the most prevalent goose harvested with more than 2.8 million birds taken. Snow Geese were the second most popular goose species harvested, with nearly 560,000 taken nationally.

The Service compiles the harvest report each year to publish estimates of waterfowl hunting activity and harvest for all migratory game bird species in each state, flyway, and the entire United States. The crucial information that hunters provide each year helps to ensure that our migratory bird resources--and hunting tradition--will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Download the 2008-2009 Harvest Report