|Waterfowl numbers||We estimate 5,000 to 10,000 ducks on the Area. Mostly green winged teal, mallard and shoveler. Total goose numbers are estimated to be less than 100.|
|Water level||Pools 1A is near 70", 1B and 1C are around 50". Pool 2 is near 21 inches, Pools 3A is about 4 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A and 4B are about 5 inches and Pool 5 has about 19".|
|Hunting conditions||Cattail have expanded in area. A windy early spring prevented burning of mowed cattail and as the season progressed we entered into a very wet period. This provided us supplemental water for the storage pool (Pool 1). However, it is preventing us from doing any cattail control work. We hope we still have time to get into some of the perimeter areas to work on cattail and plant supplemental food. It has to stop raining first. We plan on keeping Pool 3B dry this fall in an effort to deal with the mowed cattail from last winter and to try and control the cattail expansion. We continue to try and pump enough water out of Pools 3A and 4 so we can at least do some cattail control work in the perimeter and shallow water areas of those pools. We plan on mowing access trails and some hunting holes if they dry sufficiently. If we were to place water in those pools now we would end any hope of doing cattail work for this year and possibly 2017 if the wet cycle continues. If our cattail control work is ended, we want it to be because of the weather, not our actions.|
|Expected hunting success||Because of the wet spring, natural food production in the marsh was limited this year. The wet summer has also prevented us from planting any millet or wheat in the pools.|
Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system. This will eventually replace the paper permits.
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 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.