Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

50,000-75,000 ducks. Still have a good mix of shovelers, teal, pintails, gadwall, wigeon, and a lot of divers.  Mallards currently make up about 10% of the ducks on the area.  Goose numbers have increased, around 50,000-75,000, few more whitefronts than Canadas and snows. 

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

PIKE LOT IN 3B HAS A LOTOF WATER ON IT, AND IS CLOSED. USE FOOT CROSSINGS THROUGHOUT THE AREA UNLESS YOU LIKE FILLED WADERS.

Pool 1A is 50", 1B and 1C are around 45", 2 has about 32", 3A has 25", 3B has 25", 4A has 23", 4B has 23", 5 has 28". 

Water levels will not change much for the remainder of the season.

Hunting conditions

Pool 2:  Good moist soil production in areas that were sprayed the last couple years and in areas that were free of cattails.  About 200 acres of cattails was aerially sprayed on 8/1/18. 

Pool 3A:  All of the pool was aerially sprayed for cattails on 8/1/18.  Like always it will be closed to motorized boats. 

Pool 3B:  209 acres were disked twice and drilled to millet.  Another 40 acres was no-till drilled to millet.  Another 300 acres of cattails have been disked.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 4A:  Some moist soil production. 

Pool 4B:  80 acres were disked twice and planted to millet.  Another 38 acres were no-till drilled to millet.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 5: All 1,400 acres were burned and disked at least 5 times.  There are a few areas of cattails along the dike and in some deeper spots that are still too wet to disk.  Pool 5 will be open for teal season.

Burned an additional 1,500 acres of uplands and small wetlands in Pool 5 and 3B.

Use the foot crossings along the roads in all pools

Expected hunting success Fair.  Some of the water on private ground as dried up, but birds are still scattered and are figuring out where the refuges are.  For the period of 11/3-11/8, hunters have averaged 2.05 ducks per hunter.  During that period, 16.5% of the harvest was mallards.  Very few geese are being harvested at this time.
Comments

BE AWARE THAT THE WATER IS DEEP ENOUGH IN POOL 2 THAT THE CONCRETE BLINDS ARE FLOODED AND SUBMERGED JUST UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE WATER.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON

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 BOATS FROM FOOT CROSSINGS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Teal - 9/8/18 to 9/23/18

Youth - 10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - 10/13/18 to 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 to 12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

Whitefront - 10/27/18 to 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 to 2/17/19

Light - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

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