Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area Junior Hunt, Saturday – 2/6/16

Saturday’s special San Jacinto Wildlife Area 22nd Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt resulted in a good average take for each of the junior hunters in attendance. Shoverlers took the number one spot for numbers of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal Teal taking the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/6/16, was as follows:

59 junior hunters checked in with 65 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 14 Pintail, 37 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 5 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese harvested at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. In addition the juniors checked in 5 Coots on Saturday. This came out to an average of 2.59 ducks per junior hunter or, with the Coots figured in, 2.68 waterfowl per junior hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 30 arrived on time.

Since SoCalHunt couldn’t attend the Junior Hunt this year I’ll be posting a report on the breakfast, lunch and raffle as soon as Tom gets me the info on that. As always I’m sure it was a great event with lots of prizes and food for all that attended. As soon as I have the info I’ll post it here.

San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Hunt 2/6/16 – Information Alert!

Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, and the rest of the staff are looking forward to this coming weekend’s Junior Waterfowl Hunt.   It is a great tradition and is a wonderful opportunity for the Junior Hunters to get in on some great hunting, a super breakfast before the hunt, and a wonderful lunch with some great raffle prizes after the hunt.

This year, DFW regulations changed in regards to Junior Hunter licensing. Anyone who was 18 at the beginning of the license year they can hunt on a Junior license for the season.

HOWEVER…. (big however)

The Junior Waterfowl Hunt is allowed under the federal waterfowl regulations. As many of you know the feds set waterfowl regulations for each flyway and the states then adopt them, sometimes modifying them a little, but the states are never allowed to make them more liberal then the federal regulations.

The big however here is that the feds define a Junior Hunter as someone who is under 16 years of age on the date of the hunt. So, if a Junior Hunter is 15 years, 364 days old on the date of the Junior Hunt they’re good to go, if they are 16 years and 0 days old on the date of the hunt, unfortunately, they aren’t allowed to participate.

Here’s a press release from the DFW regarding Junior Hunters:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release

Jan. 19, 2016

Media Contacts:

Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-9982
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Federal, State Rules Differ for Junior Hunters

California youth hunters have enjoyed a new benefit that took effect at the beginning of the 2015-16 hunting season, AB 1709, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown in 2014, amended Fish and Game Code, section 3031, by extending the eligibility period for a junior hunting license by two years. This regulation change redefined a junior hunter from 15 years of age and under, to 17 years of age and under.

The change allowed for an extension of youth-specific hunting benefits including reduced fees, exemption from some endorsement requirements and access to special youth hunt opportunities. However, there remain special circumstances and exceptions to the new rule, which are particularly important to understand during waterfowl season.

The change to the age definition affected only California state code, and did not change the federal regulation definition. The federal definition of a youth hunter remains 15 years of age or younger.

Because waterfowl are migratory, the waterfowl hunting regulations fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. For this reason, waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older must possess a federal waterfowl endorsement stamp.

In addition, the federal age definition remains the standard for some special hunt opportunities, particularly those hosted, held or sponsored by federal agencies or on federal lands, and all youth-only waterfowl hunting days. For the upcoming post-season youth hunt weekend and future youth-only waterfowl hunting days, participants must be 15 years of age or younger and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older.

CDFW is pleased by the new opportunities created for junior hunters with the change to the California state regulations, but reminds the public to be aware of and follow the federal regulations as well.”

(The entire press release from the DFW can be found here: https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/federal-state-rules-differ-for-junior-hunters-2/ )

Tom wanted me to get this info out there so that they, (hopefully), wouldn’t have to turn any of the 16+ junior hunters away at the check station at 0300 hours. Tom and the crew would like to include the “older” Junior Hunters but, unfortunately, in this case they have to go by the fed regulations in regards to the “older” Junior Hunters. Tom did tell me that the Wardens would be strictly enforcing this on Saturday’s hunt.

If you’d like to volunteer to assist at the Junior Hunt breakfast and/or lunch, or need any further info on that, or on the above federal regulations regarding Junior Hunters, you should contact Tom Trakes at (951)-236-3020.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/27/16, Saturday – 1/30/16 and Sunday – 1/31/16

As always the duck numbers for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s usual low average. Green Wing Teal held on to the first spot for number of birds bagged and Cinimon Teal dropped into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/16 were as follows:

83 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 37 Northern Shovelers, 39 Cinnamon Teal, 9 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 104 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 25 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 5 Snow Geese were also taken in at Wister on Wednesday. 1 Coot was also included in Wednesday’s take. This worked out to an average take of 2.79 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 2.86 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 17 showed up on time for their spot.

Saturday’s per hunter waterfowl average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped down slightly from Wednesday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal stayed in first for numbers of ducks taken with Cinnamon Teal keeping the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/30/16 were as follows:

190 adult and 25 junior hunters bagged 67 Northern Shovelers, 85 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Gadwall, 17 Widgeon, 241 Green Wing Teal, 6 Mallards, 32 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. In addition a 56 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were bagged at Wister on Saturday. There were also 2 Coots brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average of 2.23 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.50 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 26 checked in on time for their spot.

Sunday’s average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, dropped more then a full bird compared to Saturday’s numbers.  Green Wing Teal held on to first spot for numbers bagged with Snow Geese taking over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/31/16 were as follows:

82 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters bagged 13 Northern Shovelers, 22 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 3 Mallard, 10 Pintail, 45 Green Wing Teal, 1 Bufflehead and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 43 Snow Geese were also checked in on Sunday at Wister. No Coots were bagged at Wister on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 1.19 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 1.67 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 17 were there on time for their spot.

So that’s it for the regular waterfowl season for 2015 / 2016. If you are a junior hunter, or you have a junior hunter in the family, there’s one more chance for them to waterfowl this season at Wister’s Junior Waterfowl hunt, next weekend. For more information, contact the staff at Wister at 760-359-0577.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/30/16

Overcast skies with more cool temperatures greeted waterfowlers for Saturday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for the final regular hunt day of the season. The average take of waterfowl slipped back a little compared to Wednesday’s numbers. The little ducks ruled the last day as Green Wing Teal took over the first spot for number of ducks taken, with Cinnamon Teal taking the second position. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 1/30/16, were as follows:

146 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in with 46 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallard, 27 Gadwall, 12 Pintail, 73 Green Wing Teal, 50 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 15 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 20 Ruddy Ducks. A lone White Front Goose was bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. 26 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. The average number of ducks per gun worked out to 1.54 or, with the Goose and Coots included in, 1.71 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 26 showed up on time for their spot.

So that’s it for the regular waterfowl season for 2015 / 2016. If you are a junior hunter, or you have a junior hunter in the family, there’s one more chance for them to waterfowl hunt this season at San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt, next Saturday, 2/6/16. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/27/16

Again partly cloudy skies with just slightly warmer temperatures then the last couple weeks were on hand for Wednesday’s waterfowlers at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. The average take of waterfowl came back up decently as compared Saturday’s count. Shovelers, again, retained the first spot for number of ducks taken, with Green Wing Teal retaking the second position. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 1/27/16, were as follows:

103 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 63 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 19 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 55 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 13 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 15 Ruddy Ducks. Zero Geese were included in the take at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 28 Coots were also shot at San Jacinto on Wednesday. The average number of ducks per hunter came out to 1.95 or, with the Coots added in, 2.22 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 14 showed up on time for their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is done after that.

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 may not get your pass in time to use it as they have to mail it to you which can take up to 15 days. At this point you need to purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent so you will 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/20/16, Saturday – 1/23/16 and Sunday – 1/24/16

True to form the duck numbers for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up some compared to Sunday’s usual low average. Green Wing Teal held on to the first spot for number of birds bagged and Shovelers slid back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/16 were as follows:

88 adult hunters bagged 31 Northern Shovelers, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 62 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 20 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese were also taken in at Wister on Wednesday. 1 Coot was also included in Wednesday’s take. This worked out to an average take of 1.78 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 1.86 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 17 showed up on time for their spot.

Saturday’s per hunter waterfowl average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area ticked down slightly from Wednesday’s numbers. Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped positions again, Shovelers taking over first and the teal falling back to second, for number of birds taken.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/16 were as follows:

191 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 54 Northern Shovelers, 40 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 53 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallards, 19 Pintail, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. In addition a single Snow Goose was taken at Wister on Saturday. 5 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 1.01 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coots included in, 1.04 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 checked in on time for their spot.

Sunday’s average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, dropped somewhat compared to Saturday’s numbers.  Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped positions again, This time Green Wing Teal taking over first and the Spooneys falling back to second, for number of birds taken. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/24/16 were as follows:

54 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 8 Northern Shovelers, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Widgeon, 1 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Pintail and 11 Green Wing Teal. 2 Snow Geese were also bagged on Sunday at Wister. No Coots were checked in at Wister on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.63 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 0.66 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 10 were there on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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 season. 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 Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/23/16

More partly cloudy skies with mild temperatures greeted Saturday’s hunters at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as the average bag of waterfowl slid back somewhat as compared Wednesday’s average. Shovelers, once more, held first position for number of ducks taken, with Gadwalls taking over second position. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 1/23/16, were as follows:

148 adult and 12 junior hunters checked in with 52 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 39 Gadwall, 7 Pintail, 25 Green Wing Teal, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 1 Scaup, 12 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye and 19 Ruddy Ducks. Once again Geese were absent in the count at San Jacinto. 12 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. The average number of ducks per hunter came out to 1.10 or, with the Coots included, 1.18 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 27 arrived on time for their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is done after that.

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 may not get your pass in time to use it as they have to mail it to you which can take up to 15 days. At this point you need to purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent so you will 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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