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.
Spring migration continues, but is nearing its end. Duck numbers are estimated to be between 5,000 and 10,000, mostly blue-winged teal, shoveler and mallard. Yellowlegs, dowitchers and peeps are here.
Shorebird migration is past its peak but we still have fair numbers present in Pool 1C. Pools 1A and 1B are filling rapidly due to the recent rains and placing water from the inlet system into those pools for storage. It won't be too much longer and their numbers will drop as they continue their journey north. This spring has been one of the best for shorebird viewing in many years, take advantage of it before it is past.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A is about 35 ", 1B is near 55"and 1C is about 11.5" inches, Pool 2 is about 12 inches; Pool 3A is estimated at 4 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 5.5 inches, 4B is near 6 inches, and Pool 5 is around 10.5". We continue to try and dry Pool 3B so we can burn the mowed cattail and begin disking in that pool. Rains have provided needed supplemental water through the inlet system, but it has greatly hampered our cattail control effort.
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.