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Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:50 am

Anyone used the public blinds? I'm too far away to go check the area out in person. How deep are these lakes? Would waders be sufficent to retrieve ducks?
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby duckman27 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:17 pm

You'd be better off standing in the cattails. These lakes are deep so you'll need a dog. Not sure why the DOW keeps them so deep :huh:
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:21 am

Great. Thanks for the heads up. Are any of those public blinds in places where I could hunt without a dog?
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby duckman27 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:17 am

They have some pipes stuck in the ground that you can hide in but your best bet would be to stand in the cattails if you are hunting there. You can make it across a few of the lakes depending on the year
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby Xrivet » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:56 pm

I was up there today and lakes 1 &12 are reported dry. The rest of the lakes are high but look good. The bottom in most of the lakes looks like really soft mud and appears it would be very difficult to wade, even in the shallow lakes.
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:49 am

Do you know of any other public blinds that are located in places where you can retrieve ducks in waders?
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby duckman27 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:53 pm

stut8500 wrote:Do you know of any other public blinds that are located in places where you can retrieve ducks in waders?


Just stand in the cattails :fingerhead:
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:27 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby duckman27 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:17 pm

I sense some sarcasm there. I'm just being honest with you. If you want to sit in a hole in the ground a long ways from the water go for it but your chances of killing birds is gonna go way down. You've already mentioned that you'll be driving a good ways to get there so why would you want to drastically lower your chances by sitting in a hole in the ground? This is just my .02ยข plus a thought
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby DOC_Lidocane » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:20 pm

If you have decoys and a place to go, I have a dog to retrieve the birds we shoot. I am (brand) new to waterfowl, but I have all my personal gear and my Lab has done great on upland birds and loves to swim. I deploy to Korea in early December, and I am looking to get all the hunts I can in before then. PM me if you want to team up.

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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:50 am

Sent you a PM.
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:29 pm

Duckman just saw your reply. Wasn't any sarcasm. I just don't know what the lakes look like or where the blinds are or positioned. Wasn't trying to be a smart ass. Looks like I'm going to try out Antero Res this coming weekend.
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Re: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Postby stut8500 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:45 pm

Can you hunt those sloughs, ponds, and small river south of Chatfield state park?
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