3. Freezeout Lake, Montana
At Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), you'll see more camouflage jackets than blaze orange-a rarity in Montana, where big-game hunting reigns supreme. The WMA was established in the early 1950s and covers 12,000 acres. Nearly 10,000 acres are open to public shooting. In recent years waterfowl numbers there have steadily increased. Reservations are not required, and both marsh and lake hunting are available. Try ponds 1, 3, 5 and 6 in the center of the area for mallards, gadwalls and blue-winged teal. Around Halloween, snow goose populations peak at just over 150,000 birds. Set up for snows in the private fields (ask permission first) on the east side of the lake, where they feed, or pass-shoot on the WMA as they return to roost. Tundra swans can be hunted if you have a state-issued permit.