5. Salt Lake City, Utah
Nicknamed the Crossroads of the West, Salt Lake City is also a crossroads for migrating waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway. That means hunters have a chance to harvest a variety of waterfowl, from tundra swans to blue-winged teal. "One hunter I know was asked to harvest a male and female of several duck species to donate to a local museum. He got the last bird he needed on the last day of the season," says McCreary, who once worked here as a biologist and could depart his downtown home and be hunting within 45 minutes.
About 30 duck clubs on Great Salt Lake encompass nearly 22,000 acres. Public land totals more than 100,000 acres, and many waterfowlers hunt the lake itself using air boats to glide over its extensive mudflats. Popular hunting areas located an hour or less from the city are the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, and the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area.