Region 3

This is a collection of all the Region 3 Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 12/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Duck and goose numbers have held steady or dropped a bit with the recent snows. We estimate 35,000 to 70,000 total ducks, comprised of a good mix of big duck species with over half composed of gadwall and mallard.   We estimate goose numbers to be 50,000 to 100,000, with a few more snow geese than dark geese. 
Water level Pools 1A is about 19 inches, 1B and 1C each are at 26 inches. Pool 2 is near 18 inches, Pools 3A is about 13 inches, 3B is about 16, 4A is near 17 inches, and Pool 4B is about 18 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. 

We received about 5 inches of snow on Wednesday (Dec 17) night. That has covered about 60% of the marsh with slush/thin ice.  The forecast calls for warmer temperatures this weekend so most of that will likely melt. Our duck season is currently closed, but will reopen December 20.

Expected hunting success Goose hunters using the Goose Hunting Zones averaged less than 1 goose per hunter. Pheasant hunters for the same period averaged less than 1 bird per hunter.  A few geese have also been taken in the Pools. Duck season is currently closed but will reopen Dec 20
Comments

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.

 

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.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 50 ducks observed 12/17.  Mostly mallards.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 has a small amount of water.  The main lake is full. The pools south and east of the main lake have some water.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Daily Permit or Electronic Check-In Required - free in each parking lot. Instructions are posted. Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 600 ducks, mostly mallards.
Water level Pool 1 is full.  Pool 2 is full.   Pools 4, 6, and 8 are full.  There is water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 7 has some water with heavy vegetation.  The remaining pools are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Duck season is closed until 12/20/14
Comments Permit or Electronic Check-In required (Free) - available in all parking lots. Remember that only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.