Prior to conducting my research, I knew some states harvested more ducks than others. I was interested to see which ones shoot the most, the least, and to what extent the differences are. Some of my findings weren’t surprising, but others taught me quite a bit.
While looking into the numbers, I also discovered data showing which species were more commonly harvested than others. There were some very interesting results that I think are worth sharing as well.
*I wanted to make sure and use the most accurate and reliable harvest information available, so I referred to the most recent Fish and Wildlife Service survey to report my findings. (See the bottom of the page for a link to their database.)
Which States Shoot the Most Ducks
The 3 states in the Mississippi Flyway that shoot the most ducks are:
Arkansas: Ducks Harvested: 1,091,000
Louisiana: Ducks Harvested: 572,400
Minnesota: Ducks Harvested: 445,100
Ducks harvested per state in the Mississippi Flyway
% of Flyway
Table showing ducks harvested per state and % of the flyway they represent
While conducting my research, I found that Arkansas clearly shoots more ducks than any other state. In fact, they harvest almost twice as many ducks per year than Louisiana which is in second place, and two and a half times as many as Minnesota which is in third.
The 3 states that shoot the fewest ducks:
These three states make up just over 5% of the total number of ducks shot in the Mississippi flyway.
What are the most common ducks harvested in the Mississippi Flyway
The 3 most common ducks shot in the Mississippi Flyway are:
Ducks Harvested per species in the Mississippi Flyway
% of Flyway
Table showing most common ducks harvested in the Mississippi Flyway
My research uncovered that Mallards are by far the most harvested ducks in the Mississippi Flyway. While that’s not overly surprising, I didn’t realize they represent more than two thirds of all species. The next three most common are Gadwalls, Wood Ducks, and Green-Winged Teal, with a less than 3% difference between them.
When evaluating diving ducks, I found the most common species was Ring-necks, and there was little difference in harvest numbers between the top 3 species.
The 3 least common ducks harvested in the Mississippi Flyway are:
Most common species harvested per state:
Most common ducks shot in Alabama
Most common ducks shot in Arkansas
Most common ducks shot in Illinois
Most common ducks shot in Indiana
Most common ducks shot in Iowa
Most common ducks shot in Kentucky
Most common ducks shot in Louisiana
Most common ducks shot in Michigan
Most common ducks shot in Minnesota
Most common ducks shot in Mississippi
Most common ducks shot in Missouri
Most common ducks shot in Ohio
Most common ducks shot in Tennessee
Most common ducks shot in Wisconsin
Summary and interesting research findings
Arkansas and Louisiana combine for 65% of overall Green-Winged Teal shot in the flyway
Only 3.62% of the ducks killed in Louisiana are Mallards
Minnesota and Wisconsin combine for 43% of the total Redheads
3 species, Mallard, Gadwall, and Green-Winged Teal, make up 81.82% of Arkansas harvest numbers
Northern Pintails represent 4.34% of Missouri’s harvest count, while the flyway average is 1.79%
Alabama harvests over 3 times more Wood Ducks than Mallards, with Wood Ducks representing 42.40% of their overall kill count
If you’re looking to shoot Blue-Bills (Greater and Lesser Scaup), head to Wisconsin. They shoot 25.66% of the flyway’s overall Scaup