7. New York, New York
Waterfowlers in the Big Apple enjoy better hunting than many would believe. "The Atlantic Coast brings in the birds," says DU regional director Joe DeMartino. "South of New York, the Atlantic City area is loaded with pintails, brant, and black ducks, and we regularly guide our boats by the lights of the casinos." Other key hunting areas include the New Jersey Meadowlands; Keyport Harbor, just south of the Staten Island Bridge and 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan; and Great South Bay off Long Island, which is just an hour east of Midtown.
Veteran waterfowler Dave Miller has hunted ducks in the marshes near Giants Stadium and pursues waterfowl up and down the Jersey Shore, especially on Barnegat Bay. "There are so many brant, they should be the state bird," he says. "The most fun is hunting near the city, where you can clearly see the skyline while lying in the marsh waiting for the brant and black ducks to fly by."