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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 11/21/2023

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks numbers are past peak for the season and will continue to decline.  Variety of ducks present, but mostly greenwings, pintails, and mallards.  Still good numbers of whitefronts, snows, and Canadas.  Numbers will be very limited due to lack of water and shallow water that will freeze up.  Most birds are sticking to the refuge during daylight hours. 

If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume that conditions and bird numbers are the same as the last update.

Water level

Pool 1A-10", Pool 1B-small area of sheet water, Pool 1C-dry, Pool 2-dry, Pool 3A-9", Pool 3B-dry, Pool 4A-dry,  Pool 4B-dry, Pool 5-2". 

Cheyenne Bottoms has no ground water pumps to fill pools.  

Hunting conditions Pool 2-  A total of 550 acres of cattails have been burned and disced at least 4 times.  In 2021 there were 428 acres of cattails sprayed in Pool 2, another 342 acres were sprayed on August 22, 2022.  A total of 996 acres of cattails and Phragmites were sprayed August 2023.  Blind islands are being rebuilt.  Refuge portion of Pool 2 open for teal season only.    Pool 3B- All cattails have been disked multiple times.  All blind islands have been rebuilt. A total of 180 acres of wheat was planted in the pool in October 2022, poor germination due to drought.  34 acres of wheat planted in the fall of 2023.  About 30 acres of milo was planted in the pool in May 2023. Pool 3A- about 50 acres of millet have been planted. 4A, 4B, 5-  All blind islands in 4A and 4B have been rebuilt.  Most pools have some moist soil plants and will provide some food if water is available to flood. 
Expected hunting success Poor.  At this time, the only pool that will have water for regular duck season in Pool 3A.  
Comments

ISPORTSMAN IS NO LONGER IN USE.  HUNTERS CAN CHECK IN VIA THE GOOUTDOORSKS APP OR THE WEBSITE https://license.gooutdoorskansas.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx

ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS.  REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OR SCENERIO, ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS 100% OF THE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS.

POOL 4A IS CLOSED AT 1 P.M. DAILY TO MOTORIZED BOATS.  ANY BOAT WITH A MOTOR ON IT MUST BE OUT OF THE WATER AT 1 P.M.  NO MOTORING OUT PRIOR TO 1 P.M. THEN ROWING OR DRAGGING BOAT BACK IN AFTER 1 P.M.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON.  THIS MEANS NO SCOUTING FROM A MOTOR BOAT PRIOR TO SEASON. 

ALL WATERCRAFT ARE PROHIBITED FROM APRIL 15-AUGUST 15 TO PROTECT NESTING BIRDS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DURING THE YOUTH/VETERANS/MILITARY WEEKEND, POOL 4B IS DESIGNATED AS A YOUTH ONLY POOL.

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

UNLAWFUL TO SHOOT FROM ROADS OR DIKES ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DO NOT PARK BLOCKING ROADS, GATES, BOAT RAMPS, FOOT CROSSINGS, ETC.

DO NOT LAUNCH TRAILERED BOATS FROM DIKES OR FOOT CROSSINGS.  ANY BOATS ON A TRAILER MUST USE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMPS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

Use footcrossings in Pools 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B as the ditches have been cleaned out and are very deep.

No Special Hunts for the 2023-2024 season due to dry conditions.

For waterfowl season dates, Cheyenne Bottoms is in the Low Plains Early Zone.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 11/16/2023

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 11/15.
Water level The West pool is nearly dry.  The main lake is full with some water standing outside the waterway on the upper end. There is some water in the pool south of the main lake.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 9-September 24, 2023

Youth, Veteran, Active Military Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 21-22, 2023

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 28, 2023 - December 31, 2023 (first segment)

Daily check-in and harvest reporting is required

Check-in/Check-out on The Web

  1. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin
  2. Click the “Check-in/Check-out” link in the top menu

Check-in/Check-out on The App

  1. Download “Go Outdoors KS” from the Apple or Google Play store
  2. Click “Check-in/Check-out”
  3. Select a location
  4. Login with KDWP credentials
  5. Complete and submit “Check-in" form 

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2023

Waterfowl numbers Less than 50 ducks observed 11/21 - mostly mallards.
Water levels Currently, there is water in pools 1, 2, 3B, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9.  There is also water north of pool 6.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/9/23 - 9/24/23

Youth, Veteran, Active Military Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  9/30/23 - 10/1/23

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/7/23 - 12/3/23 and 12/23/23 -1/7/24

Daily check-in and harvest reporting is required

Check-in/Check-out on The Web

  1. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin
  2. Click the “Check-in/Check-out” link in the top menu

Check-in/Check-out on The App

  1. Download “Go Outdoors KS” from the Apple or Google Play store
  2. Click “Check-in/Check-out”
  3. Select a location
  4. Login with KDWP credentials
  5. Complete and submit “Check-in" form

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