Hunting FAQs

Does DU have a position on hunting?

Answer: Click here to read DU's formal position on hunting.

For even more information on DU and hunting, click here.

Can people hunt on DU conservation projects?

Answer: Hunting rights on DU projects are determined by the landowner or manager. Many projects are located on state or federal lands that are open to public hunting, but some are on refuges that are closed to hunting. Hunting privileges on privately owned project sites must be obtained directly from the landowner. DU's active involvement in any project is based on the project's potential to help fulfill the annual life cycle needs of waterfowl from a habitat enhancement perspective. But the vast majority of DU projects are open to some form of hunting and other wildlife-related recreation.

Where can I go hunting and what are the regulations?

Answer: There are several online resources that show hunting seasons and regulations across the United States. Contact your state agency at the Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands web site at; your local Fish and Wildlife Service at; or access hunting information through the web site.

I shot a duck/goose with a band. Where do I report it?

Answer: Report all banded birds to the U.S.G.S. Bird Banding Lab by calling toll free, 1-800-327-BAND, or online. To learn more on bird banding click here .

Bird Banding Lab

What involvement does DU have in setting hunting regulations?

Answer: Ducks Unlimited does not set hunting regulations or determine season dates. Under Federal law established by international treaties with Canada, Mexico, and other countries sharing North America's migratory birds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) is ultimately responsible for regulating migratory bird hunting in the United States.

Each year, the Service sets a framework of federal regulations for all migratory bird hunting across the nation. Within that framework, individual states set more specific regulations through their Flyway Council. States are free to pursue more restrictive regulations, but can only be as liberal as the federal framework.

Before establishing any regulations, the Service consults biologists, state agencies, private organizations, and the general public to gain information about migratory bird populations, habitat status, production, and other factors affecting hunting regulations. DU biologists annually participate in this process by conducting technical reviews of waterfowl data in each flyway. DU also provides an annual assessment of breeding ground conditions to the Flyway Councils charged with recommending regulations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. DU does not advocate specific regulations governing the waterfowl hunting season, nor does DU have a vote in deciding those regulations. Ducks Unlimited provides technical, scientific information on the status of waterfowl habitat and populations, then communicates the Service's decisions to our members and staff.