The St. Lawrence
The St. Lawrence River is bold and brawny—and little wonder. The river's drainage includes the Great Lakes, and it empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the world's largest estuary. Some of the best Canada goose hunting you've never heard of occurs throughout this region. The St. Lawrence, with its mix of backwaters, islands (as in the Thousand Islands), and open water can offer outstanding early-season gunning for dabbling ducks, with mallards, black ducks, pintails, and green-winged teal the primary species. But once the weather turns nasty in November and December, the game changes and provides extraordinary goldeneye and bufflehead action. Waterfowlers seeking to hunt weekends on public grounds may want to check out the 3,434-acre Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area located near Massena, in St. Lawrence County, New York.
Approximately 70 percent of the nation's riparian habitat has been lost or altered, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.