Danish Wing Survey and hunting bag

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The wing survey started as an analysis of the woodcock back in 1970. From the beginning of the 1980s, the survey was extended to also include ducks and wading birds, and later geese and gulls were also included. Ever since, the wing survey has been an important part of the Danish hunting bag statistics, in which the yield of most dabbling duck and diving duck species is calculated based on the number distribution of the submitted wings. These species are all grouped in the Danish hunting bag statistics.


                      Result of the 2016/17 season: 14,052 wings

Detailed information

The wings contribute to calculating the hunting bag in Denmark. In addition, the wings give detailed knowledge of the geographical and temporal prevalence and knowledge of the annual breeding success. Read more about the wing survey in the description of the background (in Danish).

Voluntary contributions from hunters

Aarhus University’s Wing surveys are based on volunteers. Since the season 1982/83, more than 2,000 hunters have submitted more than 282,000 wings. The best season till date was 2004/05 in which a total of 21,217 wings were collected. For each 1,000 wings submitted, participants can win a hunting knife in a lottery each month.

Send in wings, the postage is free

Special envelopes for free shipping can be obtained by calling ph. no. 87158854 or by e-mailing vinger@bios.au.dk. Likewise, expenses for packing are reimbursed.

Bioscience, Kalø, would like to receive wings from

  • Swimming ducks (mallard, pintail, gadwall, widgeon, teal, shoveler, garganey)
  • Diving ducks (eider, common scoter, velvet duck, long-tailed duck, goldeneye, pochard, scaup duck, tufted duck)
  • Geese (grey lag-goose, bean goose, whitefronted goose, pink-footed goose, Canada goose)
  • Coot
  • Woodcock
  • Snipe

 Click on the wing above to see the guidelines for submitting wings.

Information and results

The results of the wing surveys are published on this page and disseminated in relevant journals. Previous reports can be seen here.

For questions regarding the wing survey, please contact:

Thomas Kjær Christensen
Senior Researcher

Phone: +4587158854