|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 65", 1B and 1C are around 44". Pool 2 is near 18 inches, Pools 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B have trapped water, and Pool 5 has about 13".|
|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 have been successful in keeping Pools 3A and 4 relatively dry and as a result we have at least do some Phragmites spraying and mowing of hunting holes in the perimeter and shallow water areas of those pools.|
|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 much millet 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.
Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report -