American Woodcock

Population Status 2016

The American Woodcock is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America. The management objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to increase populations of American Woodcock to levels consistent with the demands of consumptive and non-consumptive users (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1990). Reliable annual population estimates, harvest estimates, and information on recruitment and distribution are essential for comprehensive woodcock management. Unfortunately, this information is difficult and often impractical to obtain. The Singing-ground Survey was developed to provide indices to changes in abundance. The Wing-collection Survey provides annual indices of American Woodcock recruitment. The Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program utilizes a sampling frame of American Woodcock hunters to estimate harvest and days spent afield. This report summarizes the results of these surveys and presents an assessment of the population status of woodcock as of early June 2016. The report is intended to assist managers in regulating the sport harvest of woodcock and to draw attention to areas where management actions are needed. Learn More.

Last Updated: September 1, 2016