Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM BEGINNING WITH THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASON
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.
Fall temperatures are in the forecast. Most duck activity is in Pool 1. Duck numbers are estimated to be between 10,000 and 20,000. Mallard numbers seem to have increased a bit this past weekend. Total goose numbers are estimated to be between 100,000 to 200,000 geese now on the Area. About half are white-fronts with snow geese makeing up about 1/3 of the total geese.
For the recently completed early teal season hunters averaged 3.13 teal per hunt. Pool 5 is open for teal season only.
The whooping cranes are still moving through Kansas. Keep this in mind while hunting.
For November 21 thru November 25 duck hunters averaged about 1.9 ducks per hunt. Goose hunters using the Goose Hunting Zones are averaging about 1.2 goose per hunt for the same time period.
Pheasant hunters averaged about 1 bird per hunter for the same period.
Mud flats in Pools 1A and 1C are providing fabulous habitat for shorebirds. The viewing from the main dike into those areas is very good. Yellowlegs and avocets are still here in limited areas, we also spotted what we think are least sandpipers in Pool 1A. This incoming winter weather will likely push a lot of birds out. Sandhill cranes have been moving through the area, but it is difficult to predict whether they will stay the night or move on.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A, 1B and 1C are near 8 inches, Pool 2 is about 9 inches; Pool 3A is estimated at 2.5 inches, 3B is dry, 4A is about 6 inches, 4B is near 9.5 inches, and Pool 5 has only trapped water. Pool 3B will remain dry so we can begin work on the cattail in that pool.
Pool 3A will be managed as a primitive pool for the upcoming waterfowl seasons. This will mean no motorized watercraft are permitted.
A viewing trailer has been placed on the Wildlife Area and is available for use. It is currently placed in the southeast portion of the wildlife area overlooking the east end of Pool 5 near the observation tower. Opportunity for viewing waterfowl as well as some wading birds and a few peeps is there. To sign in to use the trailer and obtain keys stop by the Kansas Wetland Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. Chairs, basic bird ID guides and binoculars are available. All is free of charge.
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. They are closed Mondays from November 1 through March 31. The phone number is 620-566-1456.