|Waterfowl numbers|| |
We estimate 10,000 to 20,000 ducks on the Area. Most duck use is in the refuge Pool 1. Mallard numbers seem to have increased some this past weekend. Total goose numbers are estimated at 100,000 to 200,000 geese now on the Area, about half are white-fronts. Some sandhill cranes are staying briefly on the Area, but are unpredictable.
Mallard Migration Rank: 3 (subjective estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest).
|Water level||Pools 1A, 1B and 1C each are at 8 inches. Pool 2 is near 9 inches, Pools 3A is about 2.5 inches, 3B is dry, 4A is about 6 inches, 4B is near 9.5 inches and Pool 5 has only trapped water.|
|Hunting conditions||Cattail have expanded in area. Pool 3B will likely remain dry through the winter to allow for cattail control work this winter and next spring. Pool 3A will be managed as a primitive hunting pool and closed to motorized watercraft. The hot, dry, windy weather took a toll on our water, particularly now that it is spread out over most of the Wildlife Area. Shallow water will mean difficulty for larger motorized boats.|
|Expected hunting success||For Nov. 21 thru Nov. 25 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 period. This information is gathered from the Daily Hunt Permits provided by hunters using the card system and iSportsman.|
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.