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some interesting numbers

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I found this on a duck hunting site, don't know how accurate it is but it is interesting.

Top 5 Duck States + More…

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Top 5 Duck States by Harvest

1. California - 1,327,200

2. Texas - 1,255,400

3. Arkansas - 1,080,400

4. Louisiana - 877,800

5. Minnesota - 531,500

Top 5 States for Mallards Only

1. Arkansas - 475,075

2. California - 349,758

3. Missouri - 242,104

4. North Dakota - 233,142

5. Washington - 212,209

Top 5 States for Snow Geese

1. Texas - 221,375

2. Louisiana - 94,028

3. Arkansas - 88,721

4. California - 46,934

5. Missouri - 37,722

Top 5 States for Canada Geese

1. Minnesota - 207,266

2. Pennsylvania - 180,943

3. Maryland - 170,034

4. Michigan - 141,800

5. North Dakota - 133,043

U.S. Duck Harvest by Species

1. Mallard - 4,466,927

2. Green-winged teal - 1,500,479

3. Gadwall - 1,363,954

4. Wood duck - 1,119,921

5. Blue-winged/cinnamon teal - 703,534

6. Wigeon - 701,701

7. Northern shoveler - 541,956

8. Ring-necked duck - 475,184

9. Northern Pintail - 412,029

10. Lesser Scaup - 258,908

11. Redhead - 168,908

12. Bufflehead - 141,713

13. American black duck -129,886

14. Hooded merganser - 77,318

15. Goldeneye - 76,694

16. Canvasback - 64,420

17. Greater scaup - 58,014

18. Scoters - 53,997

19. Mottled duck - 51,936

20. Other Mergansers - 28,021

21. Ruddy duck - 24,175

22. Eiders - 22,893

23. Long-tailed duck - 20,181

24. Other ducks - 14,347

Source - Delta Waterfowl Foundation

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Yeah, interesting.

But I did not fill out any survey telling an exact number of birds I shot last year and where?

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what part of CA i wonder, i have a sister who lives in San Diego!

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those numbers more accuratley portray the number of hunters i think. The more hunters the more birds harvested. Remind me not to hunt california.

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I don't think it is number of hunters, there is no way there are over half a million duck hunters in MN. Minnesota has been averaging about 120,000 duck hunters per year. The all-time high was 1971 when there were 161,000 hunters.

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Just because Minn. harvested 1/2 million birds doesn't mean a 1/2 million hunters. You are allowed to shoot more than one duck in minnesota right? 120,000 is a lot of waterfowlers. SD and ND probably has as many or more birds than minn. (guessing) anyway SD isn't even on list and ND is low. That is because of much lower hunter numbers.

I'm not expert on numbers but it seems pretty logical.

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Yep, if MN harvested 531,000 ducks and there are 120,000 hunters, that means each hunter shot less than 5 ducks last season.

The California stats are interesting. Heck, I'm suprised they havn't banned hunting yet!

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