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Game Bird Hunting

Game Bird Hunting

Duck Species Identification

Top Ducks Harvested

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


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. 15 - Nov. 4 Statewide.

Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, and Redhead open Oct. 15 - Oct 23 & Oct. 26 - Jan. 29.

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


Closed Oct. 15 - Nov. 4 Statewide. 2-bird daily limit.

White wing stripe.


2-bird daily limit.


2-bird daily limit.

Ring-Necked Duck

Gray Wing Stripe. "Gray is OK".

Drawings courtesy of Ducks Unlimited

Other Duck Species Not Depicted

  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser

Other Common Duck Species



Wood Duck

Northern Shoveler

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.


2-bird daily limit.


2-bird daily limit.

Long-Tailed Duck

2-bird daily limit.

Harlequin Duck

Closed to Harvest Statewide.