Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers  We estimate 40,000 to 80,000 total ducks, mostly blue-winged teal.   We are starting to see a few big ducks arriving.  Duck numbers are holding steady, at best, but the ones we have are getting smart with regards to hunting activity.  With the recent cold front we have picked up about 1,000 to 5,000 white-fronted geese.
Water level Pools 1A is about 28 inches, 1B and 1C each are at 30 inches. Pool 2 is near 19.5 inches, Pools 3A is about 12 inches, 3B is about16.5, 4A is near 18 inches, and Pool 4B is about 17 inches and Pool 5 is about 12 inches. 
Hunting conditions Moist-soil plants resulting from the low water early and the June rains are excellent.  Some of the best smartweed in years, as well as millet are present.  With the warm weather the past week, hunter success has dropped.
Expected hunting success For the period of October 18 thru 23 hunters averaged about 2.2 birds per hunter.
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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 kept at shallower depths.  Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

Whooping cranes are in Pool 5.  As a result the Goose Hunting Zones are closed to all hunting.

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 CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.