|Waterfowl numbers||10,000 to 20,000 ducks on the Area. Mostly blue-winged teal, shoveler and mallard. A good number of wood ducks were raised on the property this summer. Bird numbers seem to have increased since the weekend. White fronted geese are beginning to arrive.|
|Water level||Pools 1A, 1B and 1C each are at 11 inches. Pool 2 is near 12 inches, Pools 3A is about 5 inches, 3B is dry, 4A is about 8 inches, 4B is near 12 inches and Pool 5 is about 1 inche. We are currently pumping stored water from Pool 1 into Pools 2. Water levels will be dropping from now through the fall without some rain.|
|Hunting conditions||Cattail have expanded in area. Wet weather in spring and early summer prevented many management activities. We have been able to mow openings in Pools 3A, 4A and 4B. 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 recent hot, dry, windy weather has taken a toll on our water, particularly now that we are spreading it out over most of the Wildlife Area. Shallow water will mean difficulty for larger motorized boats.|
|Expected hunting success||Teal hunters averaged about 3.13 birds per hunter for the entire teal season. Success ranged from 4.2 teal per hunt in Pool 5 to 2.63 in Pool 4B.|
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 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.
The Cheyenne Bottoms Ducks Unlimited Chapter along with Great Bend Regional Hospital, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism will once again host a free Hunter Appreciation Breakfast on the opening day of the regular duck season, October 10, 2015 beginning at 8:00am through 11:00am. It will be held at the Kansas Wetland Education Center located on K156 Highway in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice will be provided. Displays on hunting, waterfowl identification and banding will be on hand. Cheyenne Bottoms Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will conduct a silent auction and raffles. Stop by after your hunt!!!