Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report
|Waterfowl numbers||Duck and goose numbers have dropped a bunch with the recent snows and cold temperatures. We estimate fewer than 10,000 total ducks, mostly mallards. We estimate goose numbers to be between 5,000 and 20,000.|
|Water level||Pools 1A is about 18 inches, 1B and 1C each are at 24 inches. Pool 2 is near 17 inches, Pools 3A is about 12.5 inches, 3B is about 16, 4A is near 17 inches, and Pool 4B is about 17.5 inches and Pool 5 is about 12 inches.|
|Hunting conditions||The forecast is for temperatures to continue the moderate pattern through the weekend. We are currently 70% frozen, near 95% in the early mornings. Ice is thin.|
|Expected hunting success||Pheasant hunter success remains below 1 bird per hunter. Goose hunter numbers have been low, but success seems to be less than 1 bird per hunt.|
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.
The refuge portion of Pools 2 and 5 opened for pheasant hunting on Wednesday, Jan. 21. It will remain open through the end of the season, Jan 31. Hunters in Pool 5 need to remain outside, or south, of the fireguard. Contact Area office for specific questions on boundaries.
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.