|Waterfowl numbers||196 dabbling ducks were seen with majority being Mallards, 650 divers were seen majority being Goldeneye and around 50 Mergansers were seen. There were also 345 Canada Geese seen using the reservoir.|
|Water level||2 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir.|
|Hunting conditions|| |
The reservoir was at a nearly full level most of the summer, so very few native food producing plants were able to establish along the shoreline. The recent drop in water level has left a large stretch of bare ground between concealment cover and water around most of the wildlife area. Despite the lack of food plants, hunting should improve if the reservoir comes back up.
|Expected hunting success||Poor|
Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone
Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Veteran/Military Season is Oct. 23-24, 2021.
Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 30, 2021-Jan 2rd, 2022, and Jan 22-30, 2022.
Daily bag limit: 6
Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
Possession limit: Three times the daily limit.
The refuge at Cheney Wildlife Area, located on the south side of Pretty Prairie Rd between Obee Rd and Kent Rd, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that water along the shoreline of the refuge is included in the restricted access area and is off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.
Remember Cheney Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water.
Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.
Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620) 459-6922. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.