|Waterfowl numbers||We estimate 4,000 to 12,000 total ducks on the Area. Mostly teal, with a drop in blue wings and an increase in green-winged teal. We have also seen a slight increase in big ducks with a good mix of species present. Overall numbers remain low compared to most years in mid October.|
|Water level||Pools 1A is near 35", 1B and 1C are around 35". Pool 2 is near 17 inches, Pools 3A is about 13 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 18 inches; 4B is around 16.5 inches, and Pool 5 has about 13.5".|
|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). 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 were successful in keeping Pools 3A and 4 relatively dry late this summer and as a result we have at least done some Phragmites spraying and mowing of hunting holes in the perimeter and shallow water areas of those pools. The openings and trails we mowed have greatly improved the marsh for hunting opportunity. We also cleaned out the boating channels leading from Deadman East and White Rock Parking Lots.|
|Expected hunting success||For the period of October 15-18 hunters averaged about 2 ducks per hunt.|
iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is up and running for PC and smartphone use. Call in check-in and out is still having issues. Hunters please resume the use of the system. In many cases it is running even faster than before the system went down. Thank you for your patience.
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 2016-2017 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 AREA OFFICE, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.