White River Refuge Hunting

Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by bbradl01, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. bbradl01

    bbradl01 Member

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    I am looking to duck hunt in the White River Refuge this year and I have a couple questions. I am planning on hunting around the South part of the North unit. This area includes Crocketts Bluff to St. Charles to Lawrenceville. My question is if the refuge is not completely flooded are the lakes that lie within the refuge around those areas worth hunting. Some of the lakes include Cooter Lake, Upper Forked Lake, Crab Lake, Upper Swan Lake, and Buck Lake just to name a few. My other question is is how deep or shallow are those lakes at normal depth?
     
  2. They can be. As disingenuous as it sounds, it all just depends on what the ducks are doing. It can be very good on the lakes at times.
     

  3. Sladek

    Sladek Well-Known Member

    If its anything like last year you better plan on getting in line 9 o'clock the night before. For all the lakes down aprons brown shanty anyways
     
  4. Deerinthawoods

    Deerinthawoods Well-Known Member

    I saw 5 trucks lined up at 7:30 one evening as I was coming out from an afternoon bow hunt. I do believe this was before BM had any water in early December. Not sure what it looked like once BM some of the other public areas got water.
     
  5. litlhitch

    litlhitch Well-Known Member

    Lakes on cache river nwr are a lot better and surprisingly people don't hunt the lakes on cache near as much as they do on white.
     
  6. bbradl01

    bbradl01 Member

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    What lakes on the Cache? I have never been in that area before.
     
  7. litlhitch

    litlhitch Well-Known Member

    Do you honestly think people are going to tell you where to go hunt? Good luck trying the places you are told to hunt.
     
  8. remington05

    remington05 Well-Known Member

    We have a boat on a lake on the north refuge that we fish. Two years ago my son in law went first morning and killed his limit of mallards just after shooting time. We went back the next day and only saw a few high flying ducks. If there's no flood water it's just luck if they fly low over the bottoms.