Southwest

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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 7/8/2016

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. 
Comments

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.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 2/5/2016

Waterfowl numbers No geese observed 2/4.  50% ice covered.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is approximately 50% full.  The main lake is full and consists of open water (approx. 4-5 feet deep) with vegetation along the edges. The pool south of the main lake has some water, and the pool to the east of that is nearly full. 
Hunting conditions Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23-31, 2016.
Expected hunting success 50% ice covered.
Comments

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.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2015-2016.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/30/2015

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 12/30.  100% ice covered
Water level Pool 1 is full with mowed and disced openings.  Pool 2 is full with thick vegetation.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 3D is full.  Pools 4, 5, 6, and 7 are full.  Pool 8 is nearly dry.  There is also water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.
Hunting conditions Regular duck season is Oct. 10 - Dec. 6, 2015 and Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016.
Expected hunting success 100% ice covered.
Comments

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.

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.