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 70's and 80's through next Wednesday. We currently estimate between 35,000 and 70,000 total ducks on the Area, mostly gadwall, blue-winged teal and shoveler, but a good variety of species is present. If you want to see a variety of ducks in their breeding plumage, now is the time to come out, but you had better hurry.
Shorebirds are still arriving a bit slowly, but are coming in no the less. They are very few in number as it is still early for the shorebird migration. Avocets, yellowlegs and black necked stilts are in. Cattle, snowy and great egrets have arrived as well. An American bittern and black-crowned night heron were seen this past week or so.
Goose numbers are estimated to be less than 200. The majority are Canada geese.
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 13 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 28 inches; Pool 2 is about 12.5 inches; Pools 3A is about 8 inches, 3B and 4A about 9, and Pools 4B is about 12 inches and Pool 5 is near 6 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.