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Duck Species Identification

Washington Bird Hunting

Drawings courtesy of Ducks Unlimited

Top Ducks Harvested

These four dabbling species account for 80% of the total harvest statewide.

Mallard

Green-winged Teal

Northern Pintail

1-bird daily limit.

American Wigeon

Diving duck Species

Species-specific bag limits apply—see Migratory Game Bird Seasons.

All 5 species occur within Washington wetlands and open waters.

Scaup season closed Oct. 17 – Nov. 6 Statewide.

Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, and Redhead open Oct. 17 – Oct 25 & Oct. 28 – Jan. 31.

Note: Scaup are included in allowable harvest species during Youth and Youth, Veteran and Active Military Special Hunt Dates.

Scaup

Closed Oct. 17 – Nov. 6 Statewide. 2-bird daily limit.

White wing stripe.

Canvasback

2-bird daily limit.

Ring-Necked Duck

Gray Wing Stripe. “Gray is OK”.

Redhead

2-bird daily limit.

Bufflehead

Other Common Duck Species

Gadwall

 

Northern Shoveler

Wood Duck

Ruddy Duck

Sea Duck Species

Species-specific bag limits apply—see Migratory Game Bird Seasons.

Mandatory Harvest Report requirement in western Washington—due March 20th.

Scoter

2-bird daily limit.

Goldeneye

2-bird daily limit.

Long-Tailed Duck

2-bird daily limit.

Harlequin Duck

1-bird season limit.