TBD Banner Road, Olathe, Colorado, 81425
It doesn’t matter where you’ve hunted ducks before, whether it was flooded timber in Stuttgart, Arkansas; northern Saskatchewan prairie potholes; or the Mississippi Delta—this waterfowl property in Olathe, Colorado, is one of the best waterfowl properties in the United States. Surrounded by fields of sweet corn, the 49-acre property features three large ponds and four blinds that offer outstanding hunting for mallards and Canada geese. In addition to the ponds, the property also has about 20 acres of farmland that can be used to grow grain and other crops, also making it possible to release upland game birds for pheasant and chukar hunting. The property is an hour and 40 minutes to Telluride and about 2 1/2 hours from Aspen. The Montrose airport, with regularly scheduled direct flights to many major cities, is only 15 minutes away.
Though it may look like God’s own finest waterfowl property, it was actually engineered for maximum hunting enjoyment. The owners started with about 50 acres of good riverbottom land next to the Uncompahgre River, but the river had flooded and torn out many old cottonwood trees. With grants from conservation agencies, they designed several key aspects to the property, starting with armoring the riverbank with large boulders to prevent further flood damage. Next, they dug the three ponds, with delivery systems to keep water flowing to all three. The islands were installed with a neat feature—each island contains a north-facing duck blind for maximum concealment. However, to avoid the scenario of boat mishaps on a frosty morning, they built an underwater walkway to each blind where the water is only about a foot deep for easy wading access. The total construction cost was well over $500,000.
Access to this property is super easy, with an entry off of a year-round paved road and short gravel driveway into the property. Handicapped-accessible, the blinds are easily accessed by vehicle. Hunters can drive right up to the blinds and offload their decoys and gear, and one of the blinds in particular is very well suited for handicapped hunters, as the blind is literally a few feet from easy vehicle access. Snow coverage is typically light during the winter, with no need for plowing snow.
The Olathe Duck Club water rights are outstanding, including 29.7 shares of Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association irrigation water, a 2 cubic foot per second wastewater decree, and 1 cubic foot per second of a clear spring to ensure good late-season shooting. This means that the property always has a sufficient water right to keep water moving through the ponds, avoiding stagnation, keeping the aquatic vegetation fresh and fish thriving. As well, the property borders 1,700 feet of the Uncompahgre River for trout fishing and waterfowl hunting.
Colorado conservation easement property sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, local conservation groups
This property was created in concert with several conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, and the property has been conserved in a conservation easement to ensure that it remains a wildlife haven.
The owners of this property have made it available to several different organizations as an auction item for fundraising events. Hunting trips are offered as a 1-day event. Over the history of the property, it has raised over $3 million for groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. At one recent DU fundraiser, a one-day hunt for four sold for $6,800. The property has outstanding potential for fundraising and charitable events.
This property has a neighboring 5-acre parcel that is also offered for $200,000. The parcel has a good reserve of quality gravel that is already permitted for extraction. There is also a nice site for the construction of a clubhouse or home. Domestic water and power is available.