DFW Commission Sets 2016/17 Season Regulations

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):

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).

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.

Date Set for Upcoming 2016 Volunteer Blind Brush-Up Day at San Jacinto Wildlife Area – July 30th

Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, advised that they have scheduled a volunteer “blind brush-up” work-day for San Jacinto Wildlife Area. The date is Saturday, July 30th.  Volunteers are asked to gather at 6:00 AM at the SJ Check Station Parking Lot. In addition to brushing up the blinds other activities that might be handled are cleaning out water control structures on the wildlife area’s duck ponds, building new blinds and/or repairing old blinds and generally cleaning up the blind areas (pulling out a glut of tumbleweeds that always seem to take over some of the blinds). Tom advised that anyone coming out to volunteer should bring gloves, shovels and/or hoes, fencing/wire pliers and lots of water, since it is expected to be hot. In addition, a few of the blinds might still be surrounded by water, so it would be handy to bring waders also so work can be done on these blinds too.  As always for this time of year, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are suggested as good ideas.  After the work is done we will get together at El Comal Restaurant about noon for a well-deserved lunch (each person responsible for their own bill).

Hopefully we’ll have a good turnout as there is lot of work to do to get ready for the coming season. As always, when it comes to work days, the more volunteers the better (meaning less work for each person).  Also, if you have access to palm fronds please bring as much can for use in brushing the blinds. (see the flyer below for the proper type of palm fronds – don’t bring any with the thorns on them, also know as wader ripper palm fronds).

Even if you can’t come to the work-day if you have palm fronds that you’d like to donate prior to the work-day, and can drop them by SJ, that would be appreciated.

A good turn out for these work-days will help get things “ship-shape” condition at San Jacinto.  This will make for a good start to another great season of waterfowl hunting at San Jacinto.

If you have any questions contact Tom Trakes at the San Jacinto headquarters at (951) 236-3040.

Brush Up Flyer 7-2016


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Palm Fronds Needed at San Jacinto – Prep for Blind Brush Up Day

Tom Trakes of San Jacinto Wildlife Area is requesting that anyone that has access to palm fronds and would like to get rid of them to donate them to San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  The palm fronds are needed to brush up the wildlife area’s blinds for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season.

Tom wanted me to pass on that they are starting to collect palm fronds for the upcoming blind brush-up days (should be late July and August – exact dates to still be determined).  Tom says anyone who is trimming palm trees and wants to bring them around to San Jacinto to get rid of them to give him a call at 951-236-3040 and he’ll make arrangements for someone to be there so you can drop them off. He also wanted me to remind people that they DO NOT want the fronds that have the thorns on them.  Don’t bring the wader-rippers but other, non-thorny palm fronds are welcome.

Thanks in advance for any palm fronds anyone can bring in.

Here’s a graphic regarding the type of palm fronds needed.

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San Jacinto’s Annual Hunter’s Education Class a Great Success

Saturday, June 4th was San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Hunter’s Education Class.  Tom Trakes, of San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that about 30 new hunters were in attendance and they all passed their Hunter’s Education test.  The Hunter’s Education students are now eligible to be fully licensed hunters in the State of California.  The students ranged in age from about 9 years old to in their 60’s and they will now be joining the ranks of the hunting community.

At the noon break the hunter’s education students enjoyed a great lunch at the San Jacinto Headquarters which consisted of giant sub sandwiches, chips and soft drinks.

Also, in preparation for the next season the San Jacinto Staff is starting to collect palm fronds to use for the blind brush-up days.  If you have palm trees to trim and want to get rid of the palm fronds just give Tom a call and he’ll make arrangements for someone to be at SJ to meet you so you can drop off the palm fronds.  Please remember, if you are going to donate palm fronds, to avoid bringing the type with the thorns on them.  They can’t be used as they are detrimental to waders and skin.  You can get ahold of Tom at (951)-236-3040.

Students hard at work.


Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled for San Jacinto Wildlife Area Draft Management Plan June 15th

Wednesday, June 15th the Department of Fish and Wildlife will be holding two Public Scoping Meetings regarding San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Draft Management Plan.  The meetings will be held at the San Jacinto Check Station Warehouse Building, 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview, California.  The first meeting will be at 10 am until 12 pm and the second will be at 6 pm until 8 pm.  Check the link below for the official notice from the Press Enterprise Newspaper:


This is a chance for public input on the management Plan for the future of San Jacinto.  Questions can be submitted at the meeting about any aspect of the plan and about future operations of SJ.

A copy of the Draft Management Plan can be downloaded from the DFW web site at the following link:


On the bottom of the page is a link to download the Draft Management Plan titled “San Jacinto Wildlife Area Final Draft Land Management Plan”.  Click that to download the pdf of the plan.  Below is a direct like to the download also:


It a long document, 684 pages, but would be valuable to take a look at if you’re going to attend the meeting.

This is a good chance to get some input to the future of San Jacinto.  If you can make the meeting it would probably be worth your while.


San Jacinto Wildlife Area – Hunter Education Course Offered, Saturday, June 4th

San Jacinto Wildlife Area will be hosting a free state mandated hunter’s education course on Saturday, June 4th. If you want to get a hunting license this is the class you need to take to get your license.   Tom Trakes, of San Jacinto Wildlife Area, advised that the students should assemble at the wildlife area’s check station at 6:30 am with the course beginning promptly at 7 am.

This year there is a new procedure for pre-registering for the class. Before registering the student must obtain a GO ID and DOC number. To do this, go to:


You must be at least 18 years old to access and complete pre-registration using the Online License System. Information required for pre-registration: student’s date of birth, address, phone number, physical characteristics and valid ID number (i.e., driver’s license, military ID, etc.). For juveniles without a valid ID, a parent / guardian ID is required.

Once pre-registered using the above procedure then use the newly obtained GO ID and DOC numbers to register at SJWA’s specific class at:


Students must read the hunter’s education manual prior to taking the class. Tom told me that the weather at San Jacinto in June is usually quite warm and suggested that everyone attending would probably want to bring a good supply of bottled water. At noon the staff at San Jacinto will host a BBQ lunch and Tom said they would be taking donations (drinks, salads, desserts, chips, etc.) for this to offset the cost of the food. The class should last until about 4:00 pm and everyone successfully completing the course can then head out to their local DFW license agent (aka: sporting goods store) and buy their hunting license. Tom asked that anyone wanting to attend this free hunter’s education course should call him to pre-register at 951-236-3040 the San Jacinto Office at (951) 928-0580.

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San Jacinto’s 22nd Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt Event a Big Success

First off, sorry for the lateness of this report. Although I’ve said that hunting comes first, in reality family comes first. Anyway, things are back on track now so, albeit late, here’s San Jacinto’s 2016 Junior Hunt…

Every year the staff and volunteers outdo themselves on the Junior Hunt and this year was no exception. San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt event was, as usual, a big success! This is the 22nd year for SJ’s Junior Hunt and it was well attended and well appreciated by the junior hunters. The theme for this years hunt was a Salute to our Game Wardens and Law Enforcement.

At 3 am the junior hunters and their adult partners gathered at the San Jacinto check station to receive their hunting spot assignments for the day. As has always been the tradition for the Junior Hunt, after hunting spots were assigned, a nice pancake and sausage breakfast was enjoyed by all before heading out to the blinds. The breakfast this year was generously donated by Quail Unlimited.


Getting Ready for Breakfast

After a great day of duck hunting, with the juniors averaging over 2 ½ birds each, the 59 junior hunters in attendance assembled at San Jacinto’s headquarters for a delicious lunch and, of course, the prize raffle. Lunch consisted of hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches (the sandwiches generously donated by Walmart) and a special treat provided by and cooked by SJ regular Palo and family, tri tip! Yum!


Tri Tip!  Yum!



Juniors (and Adults) chowing down!

All the juniors in attendance were given a custom made SJ Junior Hunt shirt and a SJ Junior Hunt hat. The hats were donated by Bruno Farms Dairy and the shirts were provided by Little Ramona and Big Ramona Duck Clubs. With the new donation rules Bob Minor at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga was instrumental in assisting with the donations this year. BPS held a raffle for outdoor themed art prints as well as donating all the change folks threw into their fishpond this year and, on top of that they donated about $700 in prizes. Another local Duck Club, the Mystic Lake Duck Club also donated money to Bass Pro to include in the total.   There were many prizes purchased with the donation money as well as some prizes donated by individuals. The prizes ran the gamut from gun cases, decoys, fishing rods, blind bags and other assorted hunting and outdoor gear. The big prizes of the day were a Decoy Cart donated by Swamp Thing Decoy Carts and a Shotgun. Two lucky Juniors went away very happy with those big prizes. All the junior hunters went away happy with everyone taking something home with them.


The Junior Crew!

Tom told me that Bass Pro Shops already has a display up and art print raffle started towards next year’s Junior Hunt. Its not to early to donate towards this great event so if you’re by Bass Pro anytime soon or even months down the road don’t forget to donate towards the Junior Hunt. Just ask any cashier about donating towards the SJ Junior Hunt or buying a raffle ticket. 100% of the money BPS collects for the Junior Hunt goes to the Junior Hunt.

Also, a big thanks to the volunteers, most of them San Jacinto Hunters, who set up, cooked breakfast, served or cooked lunch and cleaned up after.

To sum it up all the Juniors has a great time at the lunch, and the raffle, to top off a great day of duck hunting.

As I usually do, I’d like to add that these junior hunters are the future of our sport and it is really gratifying to see the San Jacinto Hunters, Bass Pro Shops, Little Ramona Duck Club, Big Ramona Duck Club, Mystic Lake Duck Club, Quail Unlimited, Bruno Farms, Walmart and all the other various individuals who stepped up to the plate this year to donate towards this outstanding event.





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