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.
Winter is slowly leaving, at least for a while. The marsh is about 80% ice covered, but with the forecast calling for moderating temperatures through the weekend we will likely loose most, if not all our ice by next week. This may bring us an increase in duck numbers. We currently estimate 9,000 to 15,000 total ducks on the Area, with a good mix of big duck species and some green-winged teal. We lost a good share of our ducks when we froze, but did seem to pick some new birds.
About 100,000 to 200,000 geese are on the Area, with a bit more than half being snow geese.
For the period November 17 thru November 20, duck hunters are averaging a bit more than 4 ducks per hunter while goose hunters using the Goose Hunting Zones are averaging about 1.25 geese 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 19 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 28 inches; Pool 2 is about 17 inches; Pools 3A is about 12 inches, 3B is about 16 inches, 4A about 17, and Pools 4B is about 18 inches and Pool 5 is near 12 inches.
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.