4. Washington, D.C.
Waterfowling opportunities abound near the nation's capital. Both the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources manage public waterfowl-hunting areas within an hour's drive from the city, allowing Washington-area waterfowlers to gun dabbling ducks and divers in the morning and be back on Capitol Hill by noon.
According to Dan Wrinn of DU's governmental affairs office in Washington, the rich historical culture makes hunting in this region especially interesting. "It's great to be able to hunt with Congressional staff and have Mount Vernon in the background, knowing that George Washington once looked over the same marsh."
Wrinn's favorite hunting spot is the Potomac River just south of the capital. "I set about 70 scaup and canvasback decoys on long lines weighted on both ends to accommodate the changing tide. Then I fill in the gaps with two-dozen black duck decoys. This rig will attract just about any species of waterfowl that migrates along the Potomac River during December and January."