Where Washington's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region and Pacific Northwest are critical to Washington waterfowl hunters.

A significant portion of our annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, a substantial number of mallards are produced in our state and other portions of the Pacific Northwest.

Please note this map represents birds recovered in the same year they were banded to show a direct correlation between banding site and harvest. The Prairie Pothole Region is outlined in maroon.

The Prairie Pothole Region and Pacific Northwest are high priority conservation focus areas for Ducks Unlimited. In addition Washington benefits from DU’s Great Basin conservation work as the organization continues to conserve critical waterfowl habitat in our state.

There is no waterfowl conservation organization that represents the needs of Washington waterfowl hunters like Ducks Unlimited. Our vital conservation work provides support to our migration both on the breeding grounds and here in the Evergreen State.

With your help, we will preserve our waterfowl hunting heritage through habitat conservation of these areas vital to the Washington migration and harvest.

Click here for more information on DU's conservation priority areas.