Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday 1/22/11 & Wednesday – 1/26/11 – And Junior Pheasant Hunt Results, Sunday 1/23/11 + an announcement!

The average harvest per hunter for waterfowl dropped slightly on Saturday, 1/22/11 at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto, reported the following results for Saturday, 1/22/11:

104 adult hunters and 13 junior hunters harvested 32 Northern Shovelers, 1 Widgeon, 5 Bufflehead, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 35 Gadwall, 67 Green Wing Teal, 1 Mallard, 18 Pintail, 2 Ring Necks and 6 Ruddy Ducks. In addition on Saturday a lone Snow Goose and 5 coots were taken. This resulted in an average of 1.63 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that 18 of the 50 reservation cards sent out arrived on time.

Hunters had mush better success in the windy weather on Wednesday 1/26/11 with the average take going way up. Tom reported the following results for Wednesday, 1/26/11:

93 adult hunters and 5 junior hunter harvested 68 Northern Shovelers, 8 Widgeon, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 8 Bufflehead, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 53 Gadwall, 89 Green Wing Teal, 12 Mallards, 29 Pintail and 7 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 3 coots checked in on Wednesday. The average waterfowl per hunter came out to 3.09 birds per hunter. Tom said that out of the 50 reservation cards sent out only 12 showed up on time.

The annual Junior Pheasant Hunt at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, which was delayed due to the weather some time back, was conducted on Sunday, 1/23/11. Tom told me he didn’t have the exact numbers for the hunt but he was able to tell me that it was very successful. Tom said that 50 junior hunters came out for the event and that as far as he knew everybody got at least one pheasant and about 85% of the juniors got two birds.

Tom also told me that tomorrow’s hunt, Saturday 1/29/11, would finally be a drive-in hunt day. This will be the first time since the big rains that things have been dry enough to allow hunters to drive their own vehicles out on the refuge. Tom said that the road to the Walkers lot was still flooded and that anybody driving out on that road would need a high clearance 4×4 but the main road on the refuge is dry enough and hunters can drive out to their hunting sites once again.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to get a reservation request card in the Sacramento but you can still 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. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 1 PM. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

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