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Washington offers a wide variety of waterfowl hunting options, ranging from deep water saltwater areas to dry land agricultural fields.  The many types of habitat in the state support opportunities for waterfowl ranging from mallards, Canada geese, and snow geese to sea ducks and brant.  Washington plays a significant role in the migratory bird pathway known as the Pacific Flyway, and typically ranks second among the 12 western states in waterfowl abundance, hunter numbers, and harvest.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been actively working to provide places for waterfowl hunting, and we hope you take advantage of these opportunities.

Hunting Techniques
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There are three basic methods of hunting waterfowl: hunting over decoys, jump-shooting,  and pass-shooting. Learn more about these and other methods to ensure a successful hunt.

Hunting Dogs
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After a successful hunt it's good to know how to properly clean and cook your waterfowl. Here are a few great videos on cleaning your catch along with some delicious recipes.
Hunter and hunting dog posing with harvested waterfowl on booklet cover.

The Basics of Waterfowl Hunting in Washington
This booklet was designed to give you a basic overview of hunting waterfowl in Washington and teach you how to hunt most waterfowl that call Washington home. Learn more >>

The Basics of Hunting Access in Washington
Groups Offering Youth Hunt Assistance or Events

Hunting Dogs Dogs may be man's best friend but for a waterfowl hunter a well trained retriever can mean the difference for a successful hunt.

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Duck Stamp Artwork by Doug Snyder.
Duck Stamp Artwork by Doug Snyder
2016 Washington Duck Stamps and Prints
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