Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

PLEASE NOTE NEW WILDLIFE AREA REGULATIONS BELOW FOR THE FALL 2021 SEASON

Goose numbers have been fluctuating drastically depending on weather and ice conditions.  Most of the geese have been snows.  Some Canadas and a few whitefronts have shown back up.  Almost no ducks present.

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 1A-18", 1B-10", 1C-10", 2-10", 3A-8" 3B-dry 4A-2".  4B-13" 5-10".  Pool 3B will remain dry this fall and winter for cattail control.  Water levels are slowly dropping with no way to replenish them.  Pools 2 and 5 will be drawn down in the next couple weeks to accommodate replacement of gates in the west hub. 
Hunting conditions

100% Frozen today   

Pool 2- lot of cattails, some holes sprayed and roller chopped, 428 acres of cattails sprayed on August 10th Pool 3A- some moist soil plants Pool 3B- lot of cattails, over half of the pool has been disked once, planted about 30 acres of wheat.  Blind islands are being repaired. Pool 4A all cattails have been disked multiple times, 240 acres of millet planted however most dried up or never germinated due to dry weather, 251 acres mature wheat, some moist soil plants.  Pool 4B- some moist soil plants Pool 5- some moist soil plants

Expected hunting success Poor to fair.  Success has been really spotty and birds are extremely stale and nocturnal.  Hot dry weather took it's toll on stored water and habitat.  Moist soil plants that looked good early on dried up and did not produce much seed.
Comments

SOME WILDLIFE AREA ROADS WILL BE CLOSED FOR 3-5 DAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND FALL DUE TO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WORK CONTINUES.  ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE SOME SHORT TERM DISRUPTION TO THE WILDLIFE AREA, THE WORK CURRENTLY BEING DONE WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES OF THE WILDLIFE AREA FOR YEARS TO COME.

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 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B as the ditches have been cleaned out and are very deep.

1 DRAWN SPECIAL HUNT FOR 1 PARTY OF 3 YOUTH WILL BE HELD EACH SATURDAY MORNING OF REGULAR DUCK SEASON IN POOL 5.  CHECK OUT KSOUTDOORS.COM TO APPLY AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL HUNTS PROGRAM.

Teal - Sept. 11, 2021 - Sept. 26,2021

Youth/Military/Veteran - Oct. 2 and 3, 2021

Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone -  Oct. 9, 2021- Dec. 5, 2021 and Dec. 18, 2021- Jan. 2, 2022

Goose Seasons:

Canada - Oct. 30 and 31, 2021, and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022

Whitefront - Oct. 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and Jan. 22 - Feb. 13, 2022

Light - Oct. 30 and 31, 2021, and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022

Light goose conservation order - 

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system. 

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