Cheyenne Bottoms Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers vary drastically throughout the day.  There may only be around a thousand during daylight hours.  There is a huge flight leaving the area prior to legal shooting hours and they usually are not coming back until after legal shooting hours.  There may be 10,000+ ducks here at night, mostly bluewing teal, with some greenwings as well.  Still a lot of NON-TEAL DUCKS like mallards, shovelers, gadwall, wigeon, wood ducks, and especially pintail.  If you can't ID a duck, then don't pull the trigger.  Few geese have shown up.
Water level

Pool 1A is near 39", 1B and 1C are around 25", 2 has about 19", 3A has 1", 3B has 11", 4A has 2", 4B has 10", 5 has 20". 

Water in storage will be saved to supplement the pools prior to regular duck season.  3A is being pumped out to burn dead cattails.

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.  Refuge portions of Pool 2 will be open during teal season only.

Pool 3A:  All of the pool was aerially sprayed for cattails on 8/1/18.  Like always it will be closed to motorized boats.  No additional water will be added to 3A at this time.

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.  No additional water will be added to 4A at this time.

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 3B/4A road, 3A, and along 4B as channels have been dug out for de-watering and are very deep. 

Expected hunting success Good.  Since the opener, hunters have averaged 4.5 teal/hunter.  Recent rains have completely changed to outlook of the season.
Comments

Due to the wet conditions during opening weekend of teal season, the road took a beating and are rough, but being worked on.

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.

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