In the middle of Juneau lies something rarely found in a city - 4,000 acres of prime hunting grounds. The Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is just minutes away from thousands of homes. The waterfowl season makes for a sight that would turn heads in other urban areas - dozens of people wearing camouflage garb and toting shotguns near the local airport.
The refuge was established in 1976 and is visited by about 2,000 hunters each year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During the waterfowl season, which runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, hunters bag about 3,000 ducks and geese.