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10 Great Cities for Waterfowlers

Some of the nation's best waterfowling is only a short drive away from these metropolitan areas
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10 More Great Cities for Waterfowlers

While space constraints kept us from covering them in more detail, several other American cities are also great places to live for active waterfowlers, including those listed here.
  1. New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. Denver, Colorado
  3. Omaha, Nebraska
  4. Portland, Oregon 
  5. Houston, Texas
  6. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  7. Chicago, Illinois
  8. Cleveland, Ohio
  9. Kansas City, Missouri
  10. Des Moines, Iowa

WHERE THE ACTION IS 

This map shows the average number of days that waterfowl hunters spent afield (1999–2002) in each U.S. county, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surveys. Many of the most heavily hunted areas are located near America's largest cities, including many of those featured in this article.

Average Waterfowl Hunting Days Afield

While more people hunt per capita in rural areas, cities with high population densities often have more hunters overall. "Wherever you have large concentrations of people near lots of good habitat and waterfowl, you're going to get lots of use," says Dale Humburg, DU's chief biologist.


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