Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report
|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.|
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|
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.