Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report Released

We just released the Report of Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons. The report includes hunting of the following migratory game birds:  

  • Waterfowl
  • Doves (mourning and white-winged)
  • Band-tailed pigeon
  • American woodcock
  • Wilson’s snipe
  • American coot
  • Gallinules (common gallinule and purple gallinule)
  • Rails (king rail, clapper rail, Virginia rail, and sora)

About 1 million waterfowl hunters harvested around 9.7 million ducks and 2.6 million geese in the 2019 season, and more than 1 million waterfowl hunters harvested around 11.1 million ducks and 2.8 million geese in the 2020 season. Mallard, green-winged teal, gadwall, wood duck, and blue-winged/cinnamon teal were the most-harvested duck species in the U.S., and Canada goose was the predominant goose species in the goose harvest. Approximately 662,000 hunters harvested 9.9 million mourning doves in 2019 and 745,000 hunters harvested 11.7 million in 2020, making them the most harvested migratory game birds.

Survey data comes from Harvest Information Program (HIP) responses.
Read the report.

Last Updated: August 20, 2021