The conclusion of the 2015 / 2016 season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area revealed some notable stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.
3926 adult and 363 junior hunters (4289 hunters total) harvested a total of 2804 Northern Shovelers, 168 Mallards, 759 Gadwall, 476 Widgeon, 206 Pintail, 2499 Green Wing Teal, 1022 Cinnamon Teal, 86 Redheads, 27 Canvasbacks, 395 Ring Necks, 18 Scaup, 249 Bufflehead, 13 Goldeneye, 1 Wood Duck, 9 Blue Wing Teal, 7 Mergansers, and 531 Ruddy Ducks. In addition there were 5 Aleutian Geese, 9 Canada Geese, 1 White Front Goose bagged on the refuge this season. 403 Coots were also included in the count for the 2015 / 2016 season. This worked out to a total of 9285 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in 9688 waterfowl. The per gun average take for 2015 / 2016 worked out to 2.16 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 2.26 waterfowl per hunter.
In comparison to last season there were 94 less adult hunters this season over last and there were 24 more junior hunters for a total of 70 more hunters accommodated in 2015 / 2016 compared to the 2014 / 2015 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.
There were +446 Northern Shovelers, -12 Mallards, -67 Gadwall, -151 Widgeon, +6 Pintail, +161 Green Wing Teal, +469 Cinnamon Teal, -83 Redheads, +9 Canvasbacks, +119 Ring Necks, -51 Scaup, +3 Bufflehead, +7 Goldeneye, -5 Wood Ducks, -5 Fulvous Whistling Ducks (0 this year), +4 Blue Wing Teal, -1 Merganser, and +285 Ruddy Ducks.
On the Goose side of the ledger there were +5 Aleutian Geese, +5 Canada Geese, -2 Snow Geese (0 this year), and -1 Ross’s Goose (0 this season).
In addition, there were +52 coots taken. This was a total of +1052 Ducks and Geese bagged and, with the Coots included, +737 waterfowl taken this season over last season. The average was +0.27 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots included, +0.29 waterfowl per hunter this season over last season.
I hope this gives you a good idea of how the season went. In general hunter numbers were down just slightly, but birds bagged where up slightly and the per gun average was up a little over last year’s average.
The conclusion of the 2015 / 2016 season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area revealed the following stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.
5677 adult and 557 junior hunters (6234 hunters total) harvested a total of 2746 Northern Shovelers, 534 Mallards, 1008 Gadwall, 1431 Widgeon, 1759 Pintail, 4662 Green Wing Teal, 1033 Cinnamon Teal, 45 Redheads, 9 Canvasbacks, 68 Ring Necks, 49 Scaup, 97 Bufflehead, 18 Goldeneye, 13 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers, 1 Whistling Duck, 1 Surf Scooter, and 248 Ruddy Ducks. In addition there were 1 Aleutian Geese, 5 Cackling Geese, 49 Canada Geese, 9 Ross’ Goose, 719 Snow Geese and 6 White Front Geese bagged at Wister this season. 111 Coots were also included in the count for the 2015 / 2016 season. This worked out to a total of 14513 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in 14624 waterfowl. The per gun average take for 2015 / 2016 worked out to 2.33 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 2.35 waterfowl per hunter.
Since this is the first year SoCalHunt has compiled stats for Wister I have no stats from last year to compare them with as I did with San Jacinto above. We’ll do that next season though.
And, as I always sign this report off, its “only” 256 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes, and 19 seconds until the start of the 2016 / 2017 waterfowl season…only