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.
Temperatures have once again moderated. The marsh is now ice free. Duck numbers have apparently dropped the past few days. We currently estimate 20,000 to 40,000 total ducks on the Area, with a good mix of big duck species with over half being composed of mallard, gadwall and widgeon.
About 75,000 to 150,000 geese are on the Area, with a bit more than half being snow geese.
Duck season is currently closed for the Low Plains Early Zone, but will reopen December 20.
For the period December 1 thru 8, duck hunters averaged a about 2 ducks per hunter while goose hunters using the Goose Hunting Zones are averaging less than 1 goose per hunter for the same period. Pheasant hunters are now averaging less than 1 bird per hunter. A few geese are also being taken in the Pools.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A near 18 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 27 inches; Pool 2 is about 17 inches; Pools 3A is about 13 inches, 3B is about 15 inches, 4A about 16, and Pools 4B is about 17 inches and Pool 5 is near 12 inches.
We still have a handful of grebes and herons on the Area.
Hunting pools will eventually be held from 15 to 18 inches. Pool 3A will be a primitive pool (no motorized watercraft) for the entire waterfowl season and its depths we be held to shallower levels. Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year. This will eventually replace the paper permits.
The rains prevented us from planting millet in the pools. However, the natural, moist-soil plants are flourishing. Smartweed, bulrush, barn yard grass and sprangletop are doing very well in the perimeter pools. This should provide some excellent food resources for the fall migration. Most of the areas that were planted to Japanese millet last year have come up to volunteer miller this year and will be adding significant acreage to the overall food producing plants for ducks.
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.