Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
Up until Labor Day weekend, it did not look like Cheyenne Bottoms was going to have much of a duck season. It is never a good sign when there are shorebirds standing in the middle of the pools that are needed to flood the hunting pools. But then the rains came just in time to save a season. The ducks, especially teal, quickly filled the pools. The day prior to teal season, it was impossible to tell just how many ducks were out there, but a safe bet was over 100,000. It was obvious that the dry summer and the all the disking and spraying of cattails that occurred over the last couple years paid off in the form of duck food like smart weed, barnyard grass, bulrushes, etc. The opener brought slightly lighter pressure than normal, but that allowed for outstanding success.
During teal season, a total of 1,438 hunters checked into Cheyenne Bottoms using iSportsman. Hunters throughout teal season averaged 4.13 teal per hunter. Of the hunters that checked into iSportsman, 11.9% were nonresidents. It was obvious that the cattail control in Pool 5 paid off for teal hunters, as that pool had the best teal per hunter average. Please remember that Pool 5 will be closed for regular duck season.
Water that is currently stored will be saved to supplement the pools prior to the October 13th regular duck season opener. Since 3A was sprayed for cattails this summer, the dead standing cattails needs to be burned off. Pools 2 and 4A are in need of cattail control. Since Pool 2 filled up on it's own, it will be impossible to get in there and work until at least next summer. Therefore, Pool 4A will remain shallow throughout hunting season, so it can quickly be dried out in early Spring to work on cattails. That's the plan anyway.
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.