Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/17/14

The average bag of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area crept up a bit again on Wednesday over Saturday’s average on a rainy day with cold temperatures and clearing skies in the afternoon. Shovelers retained the number one spot for most numerous bird taken and Green Wing Teal held on to second position again today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/17/14 were as follows:

119 adult and 7 junior hunters bagged 125 Northern Shovelers, 22 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 59 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 1 Pintail, 2 Redheads, 3 Bufflehead, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Goldeneye and 12 Ruddy Ducks. No geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday. There were 8 coots taken on Wednesday. This worked out to an average take of 1.91 ducks per hunter, or, adding in the coots, 1.98 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 28 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/13/14

The average take of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area rose just slightly on Saturday over Wednesday’s average on a day with mild temperatures and clear skies. Shovelers were once again the most numerous bird taken and Green Wing Teal held the second position again today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/13/14 were as follows:

142 adult and 21 junior hunters bagged 123 Northern Shovelers, 9 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 81 Green Wing Teal, 2 Mallards, 1 Canvasbacks, 14 Bufflehead, 4 Cinnamon Teal and 13 Ruddy Ducks. Again no geese brought down at San Jacinto on Saturday. 7 coots were bagged on Saturday. This worked out to an average take of 1.55 ducks per hunter, or, adding in the coots, 1.60 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 27 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

Also, don’t forget that San Jacinto Wildlife Area is having its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. There’s only one more hunt day to contribute! If you’re able please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. Details here:

http://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-annual-toy-drive-has-begun

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/10/14

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s duck per hunter average ticked up just slightly on Wednesday over Saturday’s average on a day with mild temperatures and cloudy skies. Shovelers again were the number one bird taken with Green Wing Teal climbing back into the second position today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/10/14 were as follows:

110 adult and 1 junior hunters bagged 53 Northern Shovelers, 17 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 26 Green Wing Teal, 2 Mallards, 1 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Canvasbacks, 2 Scaup, 12 Bufflehead, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Ruddy Ducks and 1 duck listed as “other”. There were no geese taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 4 coots were also brought in to the check station on Wednesday. This worked out to an average take of 1.31 ducks per hunter, or, adding in the coots, 1.34 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 25 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

Also, don’t forget that San Jacinto Wildlife Area is having its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. There are only two more hunt days to contribute! If you’re able please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. Details here:

http://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-annual-toy-drive-has-begun

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/6/14

The average take of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area rose slightly to just over a bird per person on Saturday compared to Wednesday’s season low average on a day with cool temperatures and mostly clear skies. Shovelers took the number one spot again for number of birds takes with Widgeon taking over the second spot today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/6/14 were as follows:

137 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 84 Northern Shovelers, 20 Gadwall, 24 Widgeon, 21 Green Wing Teal, 2 Mallards, 2 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 12 Ruddy Ducks. No geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. There were also 5 coots checked in on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 1.19 ducks per hunter, or, adding in the coots, 1.23 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 34 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

Also, don’t forget that San Jacinto Wildlife Area is having its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. Details here:

http://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-annual-toy-drive-has-begun

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/3/14

The per hunter average number of ducks taken at San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped again to less then a bird per person on Wednesday compared to Saturday’s near bird and a half average on a day with cold temperatures and off and on rain most of the day. Shovelers, once again, took the number one spot for number of birds bagged with Gadwalls taking second spot today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/3/14 were as follows:

146 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 59 Northern Shovelers, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 23 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 11 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 3 Pintail, 6 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks. 2 Honkers were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. In addition 8 coots were also checked in on Wednesday. This figured out to an average take of 0.89 ducks per hunter, or, adding in the geese and coots, 0.95 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 25 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

Also, don’t forget that San Jacinto Wildlife Area is having its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. Details here:

http://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-annual-toy-drive-has-begun

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/3/14

Today, once again, SoCalHunt headed back to San Jacinto Wildlife Area to try our luck at the sweat line computer. This morning I had my usual hunting partner along for what, hopefully, would be his first hunt of the season.

We had high hopes of a good hunt, as there had finally been some weather, it having been raining pretty good since yesterday. When we arrived it was raining lightly off and on and the skies appeared very dark, promising more rain to come for the day. Two weeks ago SJ had a great average take per hunter with over 4 birds per hunter being taken. Those numbers had been falling in the subsequent hunts since then but we had hopes that the weather meant some new migrants from up north had arrived.

We penned our names to the sweat line list and waited for 3:30 to roll around to see what the results would be. It looked like a lot of the reservation holders had come out today so it was important to get a low draw on the sweat line list. Shane took the list inside at precisely 3:30 and a couple minutes later was posting the results of the random computer drawing on the check station window. Number 8! We where good to go for a morning spot.

When our turn came at the check station desk we opted to take a blind, well, maybe in this case I should say a pond, which neither of us had hunted before. This pond was one of a very few at San Jacinto that doesn’t have a set blind and hunters that take it can hunt in a variety of spots within that pond. We had heard that some hunters had done well here in the last few weeks and figured we’d give it a try. We jumped in our truck and slowly drove down the slippery, muddy road to the hunting area.

We unloaded our gear and guns and began the trek to our hunting spot. We walked down the dike slipping and sliding in the mud as it caked up on the wheels of our decoy cart. This pond has a very high dike around it so once down inside the dike you are kind of isolated from other hunters in the vicinity. Once we got near the area we were going to hunt we concluded that it would be nearly impossible, due to the high dike on this pond and the slippery mud, to get the loaded cart down to our actual hunting spot. We pulled our gear out of the cart, left it on top of the dike covering it with a camo cover, and then proceeded to slip and slide and fall on our butts a couple times transporting the stuff to our “blind”.

We decided to use a large bush on the shoreline as our blind and my partner proceeded to set out the decoys as I set up the “blind”. It was about 20 minutes to start time when we were finally ready to go.

At 6:04 we heard the SJ start horn and it was game on. At least it was supposed to be. It was still very dark, due to the rain clouds, and we didn’t hear the first shot until about a minute or so after the start horn. At first there were only a few shots heard but more hunters started firing in the next few minutes. It was, however, a very slow rate of fire compared to most other start times we’ve experienced. In our pond it was really slow, as we didn’t see any ducks to shoot at for several minutes. We had a few teal zip in low that didn’t even give us a chance to shoulder our guns before they were gone and a couple flights of ruddies, doing their best to imitate the teal, swing by too but we didn’t even try for them.

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About a half hour after start time a hen shoveler came dropping out of the sky, landing gear down and wing cupped right in front of my partner. He was able to knock the bird down and collect his first duck of the season. Not long after that we had a couple more teal swing by low and I managed to get a shot off at one of the flights leaving the pond but to no effect. Maybe a half hour after my partner collected his spoony another one came over at extreme range and I tried a shot. I’ll admit that this bird was probably just outside of what I usually consider in range, which I realized after I shot, but perhaps I misjudged because of the dark cloudy skies. We all blow it once in a while I guess, even with the best of intentions.

A short while later another shoveler hen dropped in towards the decoys. I fired at the bird three times, hitting it with my final shot. My buddy also shot at the bird as I fired my third shot and she sailed over the dike behind us, obviously hit. My partner, being closer, jumped up to try to find the bird, coming back with it in short order. Even though she looked like she might be a swimmer by the way she went down he reported she was dead on the water when he found her. My partner said he though I had shot the duck even though he had fired about the same time as my third shot but that really doesn’t matter, we’ll call that one a team effort.

Not long after that the clouds began to clear a little and patches of blue shown through. We were treated to a nice rainbow and hoped that it would herald a “pot of gold” for us duck-wise. Well, it was a nice though but was not to be. The shooting on the wildlife area slowed down substantially to almost nothing and only an occasional bird was seen flying out of range. I had one more opportunity as a little hen bufflehead landed at the far end of our decoy spread. She was initially out of range but, after a few minutes, decided to leave and flew towards our blind. As she crossed in front of the blind I tried a shot but I was a little behind her and she escaped clean. So, after waiting around a while longer to see if things would pick back up we decided to call it a day, especially knowing that we had a lot of mud to clean up and a complete takedown, cleaning and lubricating of the shotguns to prevent them rusting due to the rain.

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So we picked up our decoy and gear, collected our two ducks, and bid good by to San Jacinto again planning to be back soon to give it another try. Maybe we’ll see you there next time.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/29/14

The per hunter average number of ducks taken at San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped almost a full bird per person on Saturday compared to Wednesday’s numbers on another day with unseasonable warm temperatures. Shovelers were again the number one bird taken with Widgeon taking over second place today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/29/14 were as follows:

159 adult and 12 junior hunters bagged 93 Northern Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 33 Gadwall, 40 Widgeon, 27 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards, 5 Pintail, 3 Redhead, 1 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 3 Common Mergansers and 20 Ruddy Ducks. There were no geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. 2 coots were also brought in on Saturday. This worked out to an average take of 1.46 ducks per hunter, or, adding in the coots, 1.47 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 30 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

Also, don’t forget that San Jacinto Wildlife Area is having its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. Details here:

http://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-annual-toy-drive-has-begun

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.



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