American Icons: Stories from Our Public Lands

Five adventures celebrating sportsmen's greatest gift

Our public lands and waters are the greatest gift to American outdoorsmen—ever. With the future of some of these places uncertain, the strongest case to be made for keeping them public is simply to use them, enjoy them, and share your experiences with others. Here are five perfect places to start.

Tim Barton takes in the view during a portage in the Boundary Waters.
David Nolt (left) and Doug Krings admire a sharptail grouse shot on the Montana plains.
A Stand in the Valley: Deer Hunting The Hatchie National Widlife Refuge
A Stand in the Valley: Deer Hunting The Hatchie National Widlife Refuge Giacomo Fortunato
Hills to Die On: Elk Hunting Montana's Durfees
Hills to Die On: Elk Hunting Montana’s Durfees Andrew Hetherington
Breaking the Ice: Mallards on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Breaking the Ice: Mallards on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Christopher Testani
Hunting and Fishing Icons at Risk
Hunting and Fishing Icons at Risk Mikey Burton