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.
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.
Summer heat has hit hard this week, and with the high temperatures and wind our water levels are starting to drop. However, the rains and runoff we received in June and July should see us through the last few days of summer.
We should be set for this falls migration, as the natural food production in the marsh, prior to these rains, was excellent.
We have pelicans, great blue and little blue herons, snowy egrets, great egrets, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis and cormorants on the Area in good numbers. The ducks we have on the Area now likely nested here. One can see broods of ducks on occasion. We still estimate about 15,000 total ducks, mostly blue-winged teal. We are beginning to see some larger flocks of blue-winged teal showing up. We assume these birds may be the early fall migrants.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A near 32 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 25 inches; Pool 2 is about 19 inches; Pools 3A is about 10 inches, and 3B and 4A about 15, and Pools 4B is about 15 inches and Pool 5 is near 12 inches.
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.
The roads are in good condition.
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. Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year. This will eventually replace the paper permits.