Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASONS
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:
1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
2. Provide hunter information.
ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx
PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE REQUIRED IN 2015.
Spring has sprung. High temperatures will be in the 60's through next Wednesday. We currently estimate between 70,000 and 140,000 total ducks on the Area, mostly mallards and pintails. Widgeon numbers have increased as have several other species of ducks. If you want to see ducks in their breeding plumage, now is the time to come out. We are likely to see major changes in bird numbers and species composition with the next week of very mild weather.
Shorebirds (Baird's sandpipers) were seen this week. They are very few in number as it is still early for the shorebird migration.
Goose numbers are estimated to be between 5,000 and 10,000. The majority are Canada geese. Goose numbers vary greatly from day to day and with the varying temperatures the next several days this will likely continue.
The light goose conservation order is the only waterfowl season currently open. Very few hunters are on the Area and success is low.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A near 16 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 23 inches; Pool 2 is about 15.5 inches; Pools 3A is about 10.5 inches, 3B is about 13 inches, 4A about 15, and Pools 4B is about 15 inches and Pool 5 is near 9.5 inches.
A viewing trailer has been placed on the Wildlife Area and is available for use. It is currently placed on the Pool 4A/4B dike and should provide some opportunity for viewing waterfowl. To sign in to use the trailer and obtain keys stop by the Kansas Wetland Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. Chairs, basic bird ID guides and binoculars are available. All is free of charge.
Visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. They have educational exhibits directed at describing the role wetlands play in the natural world with a focus on Cheyenne Bottoms. Find out the wide variety of wetlands found in Kansas, you may be surprised at the diversity in this grassland state. Their location is in the southeast portion of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area along Kansas Highway 156. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5. The phone number is 620-566-1456.
The roads are in good condition.