Most commonly hunted migratory birds in Illinois

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November 18, 2022
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Most commonly hunted migratory birds in Illinois

Stacker compiled a list of the most commonly hunted migratory birds in Illinois using data from the Fish & Wildlife Service. Duck and goose species are ranked by the estimated 2021 hunting harvest in Illinois.

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#21. Snow Goose (tie)

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 170 (0.1% of national harvest)
- National: 281,785
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 88,421 (31.4% of national harvest)
--- #2. Arkansas: 34,316 (12.2%)
--- #3. North Dakota: 32,195 (11.4%)
--- #4. Texas: 25,222 (9.0%)
--- #5. Washington: 21,135 (7.5%)
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#21. Blue Goose

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 170 (0.2% of national harvest)
- National: 68,434
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. North Dakota: 18,060 (26.4% of national harvest)
--- #2. Arkansas: 16,604 (24.3%)
--- #3. Texas: 9,869 (14.4%)
--- #4. Louisiana: 6,120 (8.9%)
--- #5. Mississippi: 4,886 (7.1%)
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#19. Black Duck (tie)

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 263 (0.3% of national harvest)
- National: 90,663
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. New York: 15,405 (17.0% of national harvest)
--- #2. Maryland: 14,189 (15.7%)
--- #3. New Jersey: 13,959 (15.4%)
--- #4. Delaware: 6,414 (7.1%)
--- #5. Virginia: 5,661 (6.2%)
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#19. Domestic Mallard

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 263 (2.1% of national harvest)
- National: 12,803
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Wisconsin: 8,591 (67.1% of national harvest)
--- #2. Alabama: 1,222 (9.5%)
--- #3. Florida: 748 (5.8%)
--- #4. Michigan: 348 (2.7%)
--- #5. Illinois: 263 (2.1%)
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#18. Ross' Goose

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 509 (0.7% of national harvest)
- National: 75,764
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 19,773 (26.1% of national harvest)
--- #2. Texas: 12,063 (15.9%)
--- #3. North Dakota: 7,852 (10.4%)
--- #4. Arkansas: 7,749 (10.2%)
--- #5. Washington: 7,083 (9.3%)

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#17. Redhead

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 920 (1.3% of national harvest)
- National: 72,176
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Texas: 14,189 (19.7% of national harvest)
--- #2. North Dakota: 5,013 (6.9%)
--- #3. Michigan: 4,866 (6.7%)
--- #4. Florida: 4,610 (6.4%)
--- #5. Wisconsin: 4,443 (6.2%)
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#16. Goldeneyes

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 1,315 (1.8% of national harvest)
- National: 74,282
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Kansas: 16,969 (22.8% of national harvest)
--- #2. Michigan: 6,257 (8.4%)
--- #3. Idaho: 5,792 (7.8%)
--- #4. Utah: 5,701 (7.7%)
--- #5. California: 5,491 (7.4%)
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#15. Canvasback

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 1,578 (2.6% of national harvest)
- National: 61,321
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 15,889 (25.9% of national harvest)
--- #2. Wisconsin: 4,740 (7.7%)
--- #3. Oregon: 4,717 (7.7%)
--- #4. Louisiana: 4,131 (6.7%)
--- #5. North Dakota: 3,731 (6.1%)
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#14. Bufflehead

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 2,893 (1.6% of national harvest)
- National: 180,897
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 25,937 (14.3% of national harvest)
--- #2. Michigan: 13,209 (7.3%)
--- #3. Virginia: 11,802 (6.5%)
--- #4. New Jersey: 11,791 (6.5%)
--- #5. Wisconsin: 10,072 (5.6%)
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#13. White-fronted Goose

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 3,560 (1.5% of national harvest)
- National: 234,655
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Arkansas: 82,468 (35.1% of national harvest)
--- #2. California: 59,693 (25.4%)
--- #3. Louisiana: 23,714 (10.1%)
--- #4. Mississippi: 12,214 (5.2%)
--- #5. Texas: 10,966 (4.7%)

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#12. Lesser Scaup

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 4,076 (3.1% of national harvest)
- National: 132,322
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Louisiana: 17,899 (13.5% of national harvest)
--- #2. California: 15,072 (11.4%)
--- #3. Texas: 14,719 (11.1%)
--- #4. Michigan: 9,559 (7.2%)
--- #5. Washington: 7,958 (6.0%)
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#11. Hooded Merganser

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 4,339 (5.5% of national harvest)
- National: 79,255
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. North Carolina: 10,753 (13.6% of national harvest)
--- #2. Minnesota: 7,489 (9.4%)
--- #3. Michigan: 5,388 (6.8%)
--- #4. Kentucky: 4,949 (6.2%)
--- #5. Illinois: 4,339 (5.5%)
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#10. Wigeon

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 5,917 (1.0% of national harvest)
- National: 598,299
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 141,603 (23.7% of national harvest)
--- #2. Washington: 88,526 (14.8%)
--- #3. Oregon: 78,695 (13.2%)
--- #4. Texas: 34,344 (5.7%)
--- #5. Oklahoma: 25,050 (4.2%)
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#9. Northern Shoveler

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 6,575 (1.4% of national harvest)
- National: 470,613
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 166,839 (35.5% of national harvest)
--- #2. Arkansas: 41,180 (8.8%)
--- #3. Texas: 39,648 (8.4%)
--- #4. Louisiana: 30,666 (6.5%)
--- #5. Utah: 26,394 (5.6%)
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#8. Northern Pintail

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 6,838 (1.8% of national harvest)
- National: 385,219
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 76,760 (19.9% of national harvest)
--- #2. Texas: 33,283 (8.6%)
--- #3. Oregon: 32,940 (8.6%)
--- #4. Arkansas: 27,627 (7.2%)
--- #5. Washington: 22,435 (5.8%)

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#7. Wood Duck

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 9,994 (0.9% of national harvest)
- National: 1.1 million
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Arkansas: 111,290 (10.3% of national harvest)
--- #2. Georgia: 102,240 (9.5%)
--- #3. North Carolina: 96,374 (8.9%)
--- #4. Wisconsin: 86,499 (8.0%)
--- #5. Minnesota: 83,587 (7.8%)
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#6. Ring-necked Duck

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 12,887 (3.5% of national harvest)
- National: 365,154
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Texas: 44,422 (12.2% of national harvest)
--- #2. Florida: 41,741 (11.4%)
--- #3. Minnesota: 28,507 (7.8%)
--- #4. Louisiana: 24,658 (6.8%)
--- #5. California: 20,095 (5.5%)
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#5. Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 13,939 (1.7% of national harvest)
- National: 841,091
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Louisiana: 216,167 (25.7% of national harvest)
--- #2. Texas: 206,993 (24.6%)
--- #3. Minnesota: 81,171 (9.7%)
--- #4. Florida: 50,214 (6.0%)
--- #5. North Dakota: 32,760 (3.9%)
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#4. Green-winged Teal

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 24,064 (1.7% of national harvest)
- National: 1.4 million
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. California: 291,968 (20.2% of national harvest)
--- #2. Texas: 135,520 (9.4%)
--- #3. Arkansas: 133,183 (9.2%)
--- #4. Louisiana: 124,167 (8.6%)
--- #5. Minnesota: 71,750 (5.0%)
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#3. Gadwall

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 24,327 (2.9% of national harvest)
- National: 827,555
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Arkansas: 155,077 (18.7% of national harvest)
--- #2. Texas: 87,783 (10.6%)
--- #3. Louisiana: 78,731 (9.5%)
--- #4. Oklahoma: 59,110 (7.1%)
--- #5. California: 43,462 (5.3%)

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#2. Canada Goose

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 66,799 (3.7% of national harvest)
- National: 1.8 million
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Michigan: 148,984 (8.3% of national harvest)
--- #2. Minnesota: 144,151 (8.1%)
--- #3. Wisconsin: 134,268 (7.5%)
--- #4. North Dakota: 96,192 (5.4%)
--- #5. Nebraska: 91,232 (5.1%)
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#1. Mallard

2021 estimated harvest
- Illinois: 81,923 (3.2% of national harvest)
- National: 2.5 million
- States with the largest harvests:
--- #1. Arkansas: 389,125 (15.3% of national harvest)
--- #2. Washington: 188,043 (7.4%)
--- #3. Missouri: 177,561 (7.0%)
--- #4. Idaho: 150,403 (5.9%)
--- #5. Oregon: 135,613 (5.3%)

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