First off, sorry I’m a little late of this. The DFW adopted the 2016/17 regulations about 4 months earlier than they did last year and this just snuck by me. That said…here ya go.
The California Fish and Game Commission, during their April 14th meeting in Santa Rosa, California, adopted waterfowl season dates and regulations for the 2016/17 waterfowl season.
Regulations adopted for the Southern California Zone (which will cover San Jacinto Wildlife Area):
Seasons: Ducks and Geese: October 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2017. (San Jacinto’s Annual Youth Hunt will be February 4th, 2016).
Limits: Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may consist of 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup. (Scaup may only be taken November 5th, 2016 through January 29th, 2017 – so be careful the first two weeks of the season again).
Geese: Daily bag limit: 23 of which 20 may be white geese and 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.
Black Brant (Although a “sea goose” I’ll add this because the last few years a few seem to show up at San Jacinto): November 9, 2016 – December 15, 2016. Daily bag limit: 2 per day. Possession limit triple the daily bag limit.
“Electronic” Spinning wing decoys (AKA – mojo’s) will be allowed from November 30th until the season ends (statewide) – non-motorized / wind powered mojo’s are allowed all season.
The regulations that most affect San Jacinto hunters are the fact that, again, scaup cannot be taken the first two weeks of the season. Most other regulations stayed pretty consistent with last season’s regulations. Even though geese aren’t a big worry at SJ, as far as going over limit, this year’s regulations dropped the limit slightly on geese to a still astonishing 23 (WOW!) of which 20 may be white geese (which is actually 5 more white geese then last season) and only 3 can be dark geese (down from 10 last season).
So, regulations are set, the bird counts should be coming out any time now (hope for the best), and San Jacinto is well on the way to being in ship shape for the upcoming season. (Don’t forget to pitch in on the upcoming Blind Brush-Up days if you’re able – Info at the below link).
Hopefully we’ll get some much need rain to help things along, although last season’s predicted El Nino kind of bypassed Southern California, we can always hope. We’ll see you all out at good old SJ!
This above information is provided as a general guide only. Please check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website at:
…or printed regulation book (available soon at most license agent locations) for official information and/or for regulations in other waterfowl zones in the state.