8. St. Louis, Missouri
Just north of the city known as the Gateway to the West is the Confluence Floodplain, where the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers converge. Millions of ducks and geese pass through this narrow corridor each year on their way to and from the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and the Gulf Coast.
"The St. Louis area is home to many private duck clubs in the St. Charles Bottoms and has a rich heritage of exclusive waterfowling," says Troy LaRue, DU director of fundraising and volunteer relations. "Duck clubs manage more than 31,000 acres of key waterfowl habitat in this region."
But you don't have to belong to a duck club to enjoy good waterfowl hunting here. The Missouri Department of Conservation manages several state conservation areas that offer some of the best public hunting for mallards and other dabbling ducks in the nation. Some of the most popular among St. Louis-based waterfowlers are Ted Shanks, Duck Creek, Grand Pass, and B.K. Leach Memorial conservation areas. Public waterfowling is also available on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, and there is excellent Canada and lesser snow goose hunting on agricultural land within a few hours' drive of St. Louis.