Salmon, Idaho gets No. 2 spot for best outdoor town

Outdoor Life magazine released its fifth annual “Best Towns for Sportsmen,” a list of the 35 best places to live for those who love the outdoors. This year, Outdoor Life put a new spin on the popular list, focusing exclusively on the hunting and fishing opportunities available in cities and towns across the country right now. The list appears in the May issue of Outdoor Life.

Here's what they had to say about Salmon: "This town’s name should be your first clue as to why it attracts sportsmen the way a spawning run draws bears. Located right on the Salmon River—and bordering millions of acres of public hunting ground, including the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48 (the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness)—Salmon has, well, everything.

The Salmon and its tributaries offer world-class fishing for trout, steelhead, and other species year-round. On the crags and benches above the Salmon and other nearby rivers, wingshooters chase chukar and huns, while at higher elevations blue and spruce grouse predominate."

The big-game scene has changed in Salmon with the resurgence of wolves. But trophy elk, mule deer, and whitetails are still accessible, and the hunting for bears and mountain lions is second to none."

Salmon was the only Idaho town to make the list, but several have made the list in the past.

Here's the top 10
Appleton, WI
Salmon, ID
Venice, LA
Rapid City, SD
Centerville, IA
Grand Junction, CO
Georgetown, SC
Bend, OR
Bismarck, ND
Saratoga, WY