Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/21/17

San Jacinto Wildlife Area hunters experienced a great waterfowl opener with a high bird take average for opening day with warm weather and clear skies. Cinnamon Teal were the top bird for numbers bagged today with Green Wing Teal taking second place for the opener.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/21/17 were as follows:

216 adult and 20 junior hunters bagged 107 Northern Shovelers, 384 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 271 Green Wing Teal, 19 Mallards, 1 Pintail, 18 Redheads, 36 Ring Necks, 3 Wood Ducks and 16 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also 3 Cackling geese taken at SJ Saturday.  In addition, 26 coots were checked in on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 3.68 ducks for each hunter or 3.80 waterfowl with the geese and coots figured in. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 39 showed up on time to claim their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 website 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 arrival at the refuge.  These can be purchased online via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you 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.  As in past seasons, 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 San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

 

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Three Special Apprentice Pheasant Hunts Offered at San Jacinto This Season

San Jacinto Wildlife Area is offering three apprentice pheasant hunts this coming season.  These hunts will be for pen-raised pheasants released in the upland area of San Jacinto.  Dogs are not required for these hunts but trained hunting dog, provided by volunteers, may be available to assist in these hunts, or, if you have a trained dog, he/she may also participate.

The hunts are for Junior Hunters on Sunday, November 19th (limit 2 hunters per party), Families on Sunday, December 17th, (limit 4 hunters per party), and Women, Sunday, January 6th, (limit 2 hunters per party).  For further details and to sign up go to the DFW link below and follow the instruction:

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/ApprenticeHunts/view/publicScreens/ViewHunts.aspx

Here’s the DFW website info on each hunt for reference:

(RIVERSIDE COUNTY)  SAN JACINTO WILDLIFE AREA Jr. Only Apprentice Pen-raised Pheasant Hunt, Sunday, November 19, 2017 8:00 AM. This hunt will accommodate 60 hunters. Maximum hunting party size for this hunt is 2 hunters. Application deadline for this hunt is Tuesday, October 24, 2017 4:00 PM.In efforts to demonstrate safe hunting practices, the Department of Fish and Wildlife–along with our CDFW Volunteers–is offering the assistance of trained hunting dogs to participating hunting groups. Use of a hunting dog is optional for this hunt. Hunters may bring their own dogs, provided the dog is trained in the practices of hunting upland game. Recommended dog breeds are: Pointers, or Flushers. (All dogs must remain in the owner’s control.) NOTE: The Department of Fish and Wildlife cannot guarantee the availability of a dog the day of the hunt. For more information or questions, please call (951) 928-0580.
(RIVERSIDE COUNTY)  SAN JACINTO WILDLIFE AREA Family Apprentice Pen-raised Pheasant Hunt, Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:00 AM. This hunt will accommodate 56 hunters. Maximum hunting party size for this hunt is 4 hunters. Application deadline for this hunt is Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:00 PM. In efforts to demonstrate safe hunting practices, the Department of Fish and Wildlife–along with our CDFW Volunteers–is offering the assistance of trained hunting dogs to participating hunting groups. Use of a hunting dog is optional for this hunt. Hunters may bring their own dogs, provided the dog is trained in the practices of hunting upland game. Recommended dog breeds are: Pointers, or Flushers. (All dogs must remain in the owner’s control.) NOTE: The Department of Fish and Wildlife cannot guarantee the availability of a dog the day of the hunt. For more information or questions, please call (951) 928-0580.
(RIVERSIDE COUNTY)  SAN JACINTO WILDLIFE AREA Women’s, Apprentice Pen-raised Pheasant Hunt, Sunday, January 6, 2018 8:00 AM. This hunt will accommodate 30 hunters. Maximum hunting party size for this hunt is 2 hunters. Application deadline for this hunt is Tuesday December 12, 2017 4:00 PM.In efforts to demonstrate safe hunting practices, the Department of Fish and Wildlife–along with our CDFW Volunteers–is offering the assistance of trained hunting dogs to participating hunting groups. Use of a hunting dog is optional for this hunt. Hunters may bring their own dogs, provided the dog is trained in the practices of hunting upland game. Recommended dog breeds are: Pointers, or Flushers. (All dogs must remain in the owner’s control.) NOTE: The Department of Fish and Wildlife cannot guarantee the availability of a dog the day of the hunt. For more information or questions, please call (951) 928-0580.

Good luck and great hunting!

San Jacinto’s Volunteer Blind Brush Up / Work Day, Saturday, September 30th a Big Success

On Saturday, September 30th, San Jacinto Wildlife Area held its third volunteer blind brush-up / work day.

About 30 volunteers worked on finishing up brushing blinds and clearing overgrown brush on some of the dikes on the Wildlife Area.

SoCalHunt was privileged to be able to attend this work day and lend a helping hand.  I was assigned to a group clearing brush from some on the routes to the blinds and doing any general cleanup needed.

The weather cooperated and it was pretty mild and pleasant conditions to work under for this work day.

Even more ducks are showing up at SJ every day and things are looking promising for the season opener in just a few weeks.  Mystic Lake is still holding on with about half of its surface area still there and this should make for a lot better conditions for this season’s hunting.

After a hard morning’s work, many of the volunteers gathered at Marcello’s Pizza in Nuevo for a great lunch.

As always, Tom and the Staff at San Jacinto would like to give a big thank you to everyone that came out and worked hard to get things ready for the upcoming waterfowl.

One more note…IMPORTANT!!  The Riverside Planning Commission, at the October 4th hearing, continued the hearing on their decision on the Lewis Homes project until October 18th.  They will still take public comment at that hearing and it’s important that we hunters give them a “show of force” and attend this meeting to show that we will fight this development, and the possible destruction of San Jacinto Wildlife Area to the bitter end.  (details here: https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/final-chance-riverside-planning-commission-hearing-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-future-october-18th/ )

Tom briefing the work parties

SJ Scenery – always beautiful!

Clearing brush from a dike

 

 

Final Chance! Riverside Planning Commission Hearing for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Future – October 18th

SoCalHunt attended the last Riverside Planning Commission hearing regarding the 11,350 housing unit Lewis Homes project proposed along the southern border of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  During this hearing, the Commission took public testimony regarding the project.  Scott Sewell, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Supervisor gave a great presentation regarding unanswered questions about the project and its potential effects on SJ, the wildlife there and the hunting program.  A lot of people gave comments to the Commissioners, a few in favor of the project, but most expressing opposition due to the adverse effects on the SJ wildlife and the hunting program and the detrimental effects on the rural lifestyle of the surrounding communities of Nuevo and Lakeview.  The few people that spoke in favor of the project seemed to have some type of monetary interest.  An out of state dairy owner (land value would go up), a group from a landscape company (8,000+ more potential customers), a real estate guy (6% per house sold adds up to?), school administrators (more schools and students so more $$$).  Also, the “applicant” (Lewis Homes) spewed a bunch of Bovine Scat and boasted about turning dairies into Starbucks and Walmarts (or something like that – like that’s a good thing?).

No decision was made at this hearing and the Commissioners continued the hearing until October 18th where it is almost certain the Commission will be making a decision on the project and the fate of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s (and the hunting program’s) future.  I thought last time was our one more chance to try to make a difference and prevent this from happening but now we have one more final chance.  Once again, PLEASE tell everyone you know this is very important!  We again need to show up IN NUMBERS for the next hearing.  The hearing is October 18th at 9 AM at 4080 Lemon Street, 1st Floor, Riverside, CA 92502.

Google maps link to 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, the location of the hearing.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4080+Lemon+St,+Riverside,+CA+92501/@33.9777754,-117.3755947,17.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dcb1e5ff7ca79f:0x566b43c951322556!8m2!3d33.9778578!4d-117.3733832?hl=en

So, if there’s any way you can make it to the Riverside Planning Commission meeting on October 18th, BE THERE!  As I’ve already said before the future of San Jacinto Wildlife Area may very well be in the balance.

T-Shirts to Show Your Support for San Jacinto Wildlife Area at the Planning Commission Meeting Available

There are T-Shirts available for anyone that will be attending the October 4th Planning Commission hearing on the future of San Jacinto to show our support for saving the Wildlife Area from developers.   The shirts will be dark brown and gold and will display the below “SAVE SJWA FROM DEVELOPERS” logo, depicted below…

It would be great if everyone that will be attending the Planning Commission hearing on October 4th would be wearing one of these shirts to show our solidarity against this development.  A sea of brown and gold, along with the red shirts of the “Keep Nuevo Rural” group, would be an impressive display to the Commissioners.

We will have the shirts available for purchase at tomorrow’s volunteer work day at San Jacinto… (details on the work day here:  https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/3rd-volunteer-work-day-set-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-area-saturday-september-30th-2017/ )…so we can all get one to wear at the hearing.

A big thanks to the T-Shirt Shop and Eva for making up these T-Shirts!

Please try to attend the hearing on Wednesday, October 4th if there’s any way you can make it.

(Details on the upcoming Planning Commission hearing here… https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/riverside-planning-commission-hearing-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-future-one-more-chance-coming-up/ )

Petition to Save San Jacinto Wildlife Area – IMPORTANT! – Please Sign!

People who utilize San Jacinto Wildlife Area, which includes we hunters along with birdwatchers, equestrians, dog trainers, nature photographers and just plan nature lovers are teaming with the group Keep Nuevo Rural to petition the Riverside Planning Commission to stop the Lewis Homes development, known as the Villages at Lakeview.

You can download print and sign the petition here…

Petition To Riverside Planning Villages at Lakeview Project

The group Keep Nuevo Rural has a Facebook page you can check out here…

https://www.facebook.com/keepnuevorural/

Once signed you can drop the petition off at San Jacinto, or contact Lizzy Creek of Keep Nuevo Rural at lizzylikes2smile@hotmail.com to arrange to get the petition(s) to her or simply print out the petition, sign it and scan the signed petition and email the scan to Lizzy at her email address above.

We’re seeing if some of the local sporting goods stores will host the petitions so they can be signed there, but that’s still up in the air for now.

There has been an online petition going around that many of you have “signed” (I have too) but this one, with actual printed copies that will be handed to the Planning Commission, with actual signatures on it, will carry much more weight and will only add to the prior online petition.  If you signed the prior online petition it’s okay to sign this one too.

You can read more details about the Villages at Lakeview here on SoCalHunt’s prior post on the project…

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/riverside-planning-commission-hearing-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-future-one-more-chance-coming-up/

Please sign this petition and get anyone you can to sign it also.  Make sure you can get it back to Lizzy or the SJ office before the meeting.  If at all possible please attend the Planning Commission meeting on October 4th at 9:00 am.  Be prepared to spend most of the day there as it will likely be a long one.  This is important as the most impressive thing to the Commissioners will be lots of people in opposition jamming the hearing room.  If you are attending you can bring your petition to the meeting in person and add it to the stack.  Also, don’t feel you have to fill the petition form with signatures, although the more you can get the better, but if you’re the only one that can sign it get it into us anyway.

Here’s a Google maps link to 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, the location of the hearing.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4080+Lemon+St,+Riverside,+CA+92501/@33.9777754,-117.3755947,17.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dcb1e5ff7ca79f:0x566b43c951322556!8m2!3d33.9778578!4d-117.3733832?hl=en

The future of San Jacinto Wildlife Area hangs in the balance on this one Planning Commission hearing.  Please do what you can on this petition to get as many signatures as we can and please attend the hearing if at all possible

Riverside Planning Commission Hearing for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Future – One More Chance Coming Up!

The Riverside Planning Commission held a hearing regarding the 11,350 housing unit Lewis Homes project proposed along the southern border of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  This project will abut SJ on the south and will have adverse effects on the wildlife or the area and, a good possibility of eventually shutting down hunting at SJ.

Below is a link to the Planning Department’s report on the project with several maps showing how this purposed, in effect, small city will virtually encroach upon San Jacinto.

http://planning.rctlma.org/Portals/0/genplan/general_plan_2014/GPA960/GPAVolume2/9Lakeview%20Nuevo%20Area%20Plan-%20GPA%20No%20960%20Volume%202%202014-02-20.pdf

Once people start living there it won’t be long before the complaints of “dangerous” gunfire start and you can bet hunting at SJ will be short lived after that.  Don’t think it can happen?  Some of you might remember the San Gabriel Valley Gun Club in Duarte.  Some called it the Fish Canyon Range.  It was opened in 1946.  Eventually, homes were built up to within a half-mile of the range and in 2006 it was closed due to noise complaints and the (perceived, but unfounded) danger of the gunfire.

At the Riverside Planning Commission hearing several people gave comments to the Commissioners, a few in favor of the project, but most expressing opposition due to the adverse effects on the SJ wildlife and the hunting program.

No decision was made at this hearing and a second hearing was scheduled for October 4th where the Commission will be making a decision on the project and the fate of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in the years to come. The hearing is October 4th at 9 AM at 4080 Lemon Street, 1st Floor, Riverside, CA 92502. This is our one more chance to try to make a difference and prevent this from happening.   PLEASE tell everyone you know this is very important!  We need to show up IN NUMBERS for the next hearing!  Tom Trakes advised me he is in the process of making shirts to show our solidarity.  (I’ll provide info on how to get one when Tom gets that info to me.)  Tom told me, “I’m telling you from my heart this is really bad and every hunter, birder, photographer needs to be at this hearing. I want to see standing room only and for the ones that say it’s a done deal they are wrong, believe me, we can make it hard for them to continue, so share the hell out of this with everyone you know, we need all your help!  Thank you.”

So, if there’s any way you can make it to the Riverside Planning Commission meeting on October 4th, BE THERE!  The future of SJ may very well be in the balance.

Google maps link to 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, the location of the hearing.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4080+Lemon+St,+Riverside,+CA+92501/@33.9777754,-117.3755947,17.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dcb1e5ff7ca79f:0x566b43c951322556!8m2!3d33.9778578!4d-117.3733832?hl=en


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