6. Detroit, Michigan
Located on the Detroit River between Lakes Erie and St. Clair, the Motor City is in the middle of a major migration corridor used by waterfowl in both the Mississippi and Atlantic flyways. This provides a diversity of duck- and goose-hunting opportunities for local waterfowlers. "It's not uncommon for hunters to have a layout boat and rig of diver decoys, a marsh boat and mallard and black duck decoys, and a layout blind and spread of Canada goose decoys—and use them all in one weekend," says Gildo Tori, director of public policy at DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic office in Ann Arbor.
Detroit is close to several federal and state wildlife areas that have good waterfowl habitat and hunting access. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, managed jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service, continues to grow in size and offer more public access. Other premier public hunting areas include St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area and Pointe Mouille State Game Area. Public hunting is also available on Erie State Game Area and Pointe aux Peaux State Wildlife Area. And if you have a duck boat, there are Lakes St. Clair and Erie to explore. "Layout shooting for divers and dabblers on these big lakes can be extremely exciting. In some cases you can't even see land, and the shooting can be fast and furious," Tori says.