Most Dangerous Places

The Great Outdoors is rife with danger throughout the world, and the combination of nature's beauty and that inherent degree of risk is what keeps us coming back for more year after year. However, some of the world's huntig and fishing destinations are far more dangerous that others, for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at 18 of them.
The Caribbean Sea
The waters between Florida and several Caribbean countries are used as highways for a variety of unsavory characters, including drug runners and human traffickers. Getting kidnapped, robbed or killed are very real dangers in the aqua blue Caribbean waters.
Florida's Everglades can offer some unique hunting and fishing experiences, but be sure to do your homework when choosing a guide. No one wants to become their own gator bait. Photo: david berkowitz
Northern California
The deep, lush forest of Northern California has more than a few hazards, where marijuana growing is a big business. One moment you are following a game trail, then it hits a foot path and the next thing you know you're standing in the middle of "Green Acres," many of which are guarded by man-made traps and armed thugs.
Great Lakes
These fickle waters contain some monstrous fish, but they also claim a lot of lives. Ice fishing dangers include falling through the ice, and carbon monoxide poisoning from poorly ventilated ice-fishing huts. Make sure the ice is thick enough, your hut is properly vented and don't push your luck too far into the spring thaw. During open-water season, always keep an eye on the weather--epic storms can pop up here in a heartbeat.
Tex-Mex Border
You may get more than you bargain for when hunting or fishing in the South Texas desert near the Mexico border. Drug runners and other dangerous characters abound, hiding in the guise of simple border crossers. Bring your buddies for safety in numbers, and remember what your mama said--don't talk to strangers.
Russian Siberia
The hunting for roe deer, caribou and brown bear and fishing for big salmon here is the stuff of legend. But on the flip side, the remote nature of the hunting and fishing grounds, and the intense cold for most of the year, pose real danger of getting lost, running out of supplies and developing hypothermia.
Brazilian Amazon
There are dozens of ways to be taken out of the game in the Amazon, especially during the wet seasons. Snakes, bugs, bandits, disease, drowning, jaguars, piranhas, tiny fish that swim up your urethra, the list goes on and on. In this diverse and treacherous ecosystem, the best investment you can make is a trustworthy guide who knows each of the hazards.
Australia's Queensland Estuaries
Yes, you can catch a wide variety of fish in the bays and estuaries of northeastern Australia. But these waters are also home to some of the most deadly aquatic life known to man. The blue-ringed octopus has no known antidote to its poison. The Chinaman fish has a sickening poison that can strike years after mistakenly eating the fish. And then there is the dreaded "sea wasp", a.k.a. the box jellyfish, which is nearly as toxic as the blue-ringed octopus. These jellies can lead to drowning due to the pain incurred from their stings, or death from anaphylactic shock caused by their poison. Add in the toxic stonefish, sting-rays, many poisonous sea snakes and the huge salt water crocs, and you've got to be one very tough and vigilant angler if you plan a fishing trip to Oz. Photo: jemasmith
This former Soviet state boasts great hunting. The Argali sheep are one of the top big game animals in Kyrgyzstan, along with many other Eastern European favorites like boar, bear and deer. Now for the bad news. The State Department suggests that U.S. citizens stay away from K-stan, where political and ethnic violence is very common and tensions are high. And, as you hunt somewhere off the beaten path, remember that land mines in Batken Oblast and near the Kyrgyz-Tajik border will continue to be a concern for decades.
This small, densely populated nation west of Tanzania has some giant problems, despite being filled with big game. A civil war between Hutus and Tutsis tore the country apart between 1993 and 2006. A ceasefire was declared, however violence still continues. The country cannot keep a leader for long, and the list of assassinated leaders is extensive. The control of the nation has changed hands numerous times in the last 50 years. Crimes are committed daily by roaming gangs, some of them are even machine-gun toting children. Muggings, car jackings and kidnappings await the unprepared or unaware, so don't even stop the car for souvenirs. If you become injured, ill or get attacked while in Burundi, you need to be well trained and supplied, as local clinics have almost no resources.
This country has all of the African Big Five, and the breathtaking Victoria Falls. But with the local currency inflated over 1,000 percent, and a tyrannical leader, the financial and political climates of Zimbabwe are a train wreck. And if you do make it out of Harare, away from the stone-age airport and frequent bombings, there are some serious risks with the local wildlife, specifically the snakes--black mambas, cobras, and the puff adder. Photo: russbowling

There's always a certain amount of risk involved in any hunting and fishing trip, but some destinations are far more dangerous than others.