Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
Annual information night will be held August 20th at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Please bring a mask if you plan to attend.
The dry conditions throughout the area has allowed a lot of work to take place on the wildlife area. Part of the $6 million dollar grant is set aside for silt removal. That portion of the project is ongoing and the silt removal done to this point has made a huge difference in the ability to move water and keep pools dry. The heavy equipment has taken a toll on the roads, but they will be repaired once silt removal is complete. In the near future, all electric pumps will be replaced. A lot of the projects are still in the planning phase, but getting close to actually starting the work. There will be a flurry of activity over the next 2 years that will result in a much improved wildlife area.
Complete control of cattails in 3A was accomplished. The entire pool has been planted to milo, wheat, or millet. The blind islands were repaired and planted to a grass and cover crop mix. These should give hunters a place to hide come fall. Pool 3B has been dewatered. Using the Marsh Master, the invasive Phragmites was sprayed in the pool. The machine was also used to broadcast millet on exposed mud flats. However, cattails continue to expand in the pool. Pool 4A was sprayed last summer and almost all cattails are dead in the pool. Some of the dead residue, 597 acres was burned off. Last year's cattail control in 4B was very effective and only small areas are being disked for cattail control. The pool has decent moist soil, and 24 acres of milo and 145 acres of millet have been planted. Past cattail control in Pool 5 has resulted in a pool filled with moist soil plants. Plans are being made to again spray cattails and Phragmites in Pool 2. Any areas that are disked will hopefully be planted back to millet. As much as possible, water is being diverted to keep the storage pools as full as possible. Flooding of the perimeter pools will begin in late August. Water is being kept off the pools to prevent cattail germination, allow planted and natural plants to mature, and to finish up some projects prior to flooding.
Please remember to be courteous of all users and staff on the wildlife area. Please pull off the side of the road if you are going to stop and view wildlife. The roads are wide enough and shoulders and solid enough to pull off the road and allow other traffic down the road. Also, pick up trash on the wildlife area to maintain an enjoyable area for all.
KDWPT IMPLEMENTED AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM BEGINNING WITH THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASON. ALL HUNTERS, INCLUDING DEER AND UPLAND ARE REQUIRED TO USE ISPORTSMAN.
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
Visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. They have educational exhibits directed at describing the role wetlands play in the natural world with a focus on Cheyenne Bottoms. Find out the wide variety of wetlands found in Kansas, you may be surprised at the diversity in this grassland state. Their location is in the southeast portion of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area along Kansas Highway 156. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5. They are closed Mondays from November 1 through March 31. The phone number is 620-566-1456.