10. Anchorage, Alaska
Like some of their counterparts in the Lower 48, Anchorage-based waterfowlers have access problems. Not of the regulatory variety, but of the roadless kind. That is, duck hunters often need a bush plane to reach their hunting spots.
A few miles northwest of Anchorage is the Susitna Flats State Game Refuge, which is also accessible by boat, but only if the tide is right. The annual bag here accounts for about 10 percent of all waterfowl harvested in Alaska. This area is dotted with duck shacks that offer shelter to waterfowlers in good weather and bad.
"You can see the city lights of Anchorage in the distance as you set the decoys," says DU regional director Dave Weber. And in addition to incoming waterfowl, wildlife-watching opportunities include beluga whales, wolves, brown bears, and moose.
Closer to town, walk-in hunting is available on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, but you must be mindful of the tides and deep mud. "This area is dotted with potholes and has several tidal creeks flowing through it, including Campbell Creek along the coast, which DU helped secure from development," Weber says. The refuge spans 16 miles and supports a great diversity of migrating waterfowl and other birds.
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