Archive for November, 2011

SoCalHunt Hunting Report for 11/30/11

Today SoCalHunt was back at it, trying for a sweatline draw at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. As usual, after the reservation holders were assigned their hunting sites, the ambiguous little square piece of paper, scribed with our names, went into the sweatline bucket and the “sweating” began.

Jesse began calling out the names of the lucky waterfowlers and as each name was called our choice of blinds diminished. Finally, late in the draw, our names were announced and we went inside the check station to pick our spot. There wasn’t a lot of blinds left by this time but we still had our choice of about ten or twelve spots and we chose what we though would be our best bet.

We drove to the parking area and had just about an hour left to set up when we arrived at our blind. We set our decoys and had about ten minutes left before starting time by the time we finished. Just after start time we had some birds come within range but didn’t connect on the first couple of opportunities that came through our area. Not long after a lone shoveler hen swung in low over the decoys and we dropped her. She wasn’t going anywhere and we left her to float, as this was prime time to (hopefully) bag a few more while they were flying. A few minutes later another spoony hen landed about 80 yards out in the pond and just sat there. After a few minutes a neighboring blind opened up on a duck in their area and this spooked the spoony right towards us. She climbed over the decoys but didn’t climb high enough as we splashed her right in the middle of our decoy spread. We then proceeded to miss the next couple of chances we had and things started to slow down a little. My partner waded out and picked up both birds just before the sun peeked over the horizon.

Well, so far, not too bad, two birds in the bag and the sun was just coming up right next to Mount San Jacinto. This is always a favorite time of the day, sunrise at San Jacinto.

As the day progressed we had a couple more ducks come within range but we just weren’t able to include these birds on our strap. As the sun rose things slowed down and, although some wind had been predicted, it didn’t materialize and the ponds remained glassy. At least the scenery, which is always great at San Jacinto, was again so, with some spectacular clouds filling in the sky.

After a while things dropped off to practically nothing, with just an occasional duck seen flying at stratospheric heights, and about 10:45 we decided to call it a day. So we ended up with just the two shovelers we dropped early.

There were some blinds that did much better as when we were checking out we did see one pair of hunters come into the check station with a full double limit. I guess if we’d have shot a little better we could have had a couple more birds each but, even though we can’t really blame that on the blind, there are obviously some blinds today that were producing better then most.

Anyway, we’ll be back at it again soon, of course. Maybe even this Saturday.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/30/11

This Wednesday’s average bird count dropped just slightly from last Saturday’s average at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl count for Wednesday, 11/30/11, was as follows:

118 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 75 Northern Shovelers, 10 Wigeon, 7 Bufflehead, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 28 Gadwall, 57 Green Wing Teal, 11 Mallards, 20 Pintail, 4 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye and 8 Ruddy Ducks. A single Ross’ Goose was also taken at the refuge on Wednesday. 5 coot were bagged as well on Wednesday. This resulted in an average per hunter of 2.06 waterfowl. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation holders 22 arrived on time.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFG 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 DFG web site 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 DFG Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFG office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. 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.

Don’t forget to donate towards San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt by dropping a buck or two, or even some change, in the bottle on the check station counter. In the past this bottle has been filled by hunters putting their change from daily permit purchases in the bottle. Since the check station is no longer selling permits the source of that change has dried up. This is important for promoting the future of our sport by getting young people interested in waterfowl hunting.

Also, San Jacinto’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive has started. Bring a toy to donate to the barrel in the check station. Check SoCalHunt’s post regarding the toy drive for information at:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/annual-toy-drive-begins-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/26/11

The waterfowl take on Saturday, 11/26/11, at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, dropped slightly from last Wednesday’s average. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday was as follows:

131 adult and 10 junior hunters checked in with 113 Northern Shovelers, 10 Wigeon, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 5 Bufflehead, 43 Cinnamon Teal, 24 Gadwall, 56 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards, 1 Merganser, 17 Pintail, 2 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. 1 Snow Goose and 1 Ross’ Goose were also taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. 5 coot were included in the bag on Saturday. This resulted in an average per hunter of 2.11 waterfowl. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation card holders 25 showed up on time.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFG 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 DFG web site 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 DFG Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFG office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. 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.

Don’t forget to donate towards San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt by dropping a buck or two, or even some change, in the bottle on the check station counter. In the past this bottle has been filled by hunters putting their change from daily permit purchases in the bottle. Since the check station is no longer selling permits the source of that change has dried up. This is important for promoting the future of our sport by getting young people interested in waterfowl hunting.

Also, San Jacinto’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive has started. Bring a toy to donate to the barrel in the check station. Check SoCalHunt’s post regarding the toy drive for information at:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/annual-toy-drive-begins-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/23/11

The average bird per hunter this Wednesday, 11/23/11, at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, went up some from last Saturday. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for Wednesday was as follows:

141 adult and 11 junior hunters checked in with 106 Northern Shovelers, 14 Wigeon, 16 Bufflehead, 69 Cinnamon Teal, 23 Gadwall, 39 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallards, 1 Merganser, 23 Pintail, 16 Redhead, 24 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Wood Duck and 12 Ruddy Ducks. There was a lone Canada Goose taken on the refuge Wednesday. 11 coot were also taken on Wednesday. This resulted in an average per hunter of 2.41 waterfowl. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation card holders 25 showed up on time.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFG 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 DFG web site 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 DFG Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFG office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. 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.

Don’t forget to donate towards San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt by dropping a buck or two, or even some change, in the bottle on the check station counter. In the past this bottle has been filled by hunters putting their change from daily permit purchases in the bottle. Since the check station is no longer selling permits the source of that change has dried up. This is important for promoting the future of our sport by getting young people interested in waterfowl hunting.

Also, San Jacinto’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive has started. Bring a toy to donate to the barrel in the check station. Check SoCalHunt’s post regarding the toy drive for information at:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/annual-toy-drive-begins-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

SoCalHunt Hunting Report for 11/23/11

Today SoCalHunt decided to change things up and do an afternoon refill hunt. This was one of the rare times I went solo, as none of my regular hunting partners were available today. Also, I’d just come in from an out of state trip yesterday so getting up at 0130 to make the sweatline drawing didn’t sound like a real good idea.

As I drove up Davis Road towards the check station I had a little trepidation as the report from this past Saturday at San Jacinto indicated that a record number of hunters had shown up to hunt. This meant, if today was anything like Saturday, I might have a problem getting a spot as the refill list would be l-o-n-g.

When I turned into the check station I was relieved to see that there was only about a dozen or so trucks in the parking lot. I walked up to the check station and put my name on the refill list, noting there was just a little over a dozen hunting parties listed on the refill list, and some of these had already gone out and refilled. I waited about 45 minutes and a group of hunters checked in from one of my favorite blinds. No one ahead of me on the refill list wanted this blind so I grabbed it and headed out. It was a beautiful day with mild temperatures, a slight breeze and wispy clouds coloring the sky.

I rolled my gear out to the blind in my Ducks and Bucks cart and set my decoys and was hunting by 12:30. About 20 minutes later I had my first opportunity as a pair of teal swooped low over the blind and I dropped a nice green wing hen. As the afternoon progressed I had several opportunities on shovelers, gadwalls, pintails and wigeon but, I am almost embarrassed to say, I was practicing what I call “catch and release” hunting. This is when the ducks fly in, I shoot three holes in the sky and the birds fly away. After several C & R sessions another teal zoomed in and I hit her, sailing her to the far end of the pond. She hit the water swimming and I figured I would have a chase on my hands but after swimming just a few feet she expired and I only needed to do a long retrieve on the bird.

A couple more larger birds presented themselves but again I blew these opportunities. It seemed that I could hit teal flying by in afterburner but I couldn’t hit large ducks flying by at moderate speeds, go figure. As the day wound down another teal decided that my decoys looked pretty good and landed in the decoys about 30 yards from the blind. I stood up and she took off but she only got about 10 feet high before I splashed her back into the decoys. As quitting time drew near the sun ducked behind the hills and my pond was entirely in shadow for about the last 45 minutes of shoot time.

With 8 minutes of legal shoot time left a nice hen pintail swooped low over the decoys, turned and circled back and put the landing gear down, just like its supposed to work. I finally did my part on this larger duck and she splashed in between the decoys and the blind. Quitting time came around and the day was over, except for picking up. I had 3 green wing teal and a nice pintail for my efforts, not too bad for a quick afternoon shoot, although a limit was certainly within my reach if I had been “on” today. So it was another typical nice day at San Jacinto Wildlife Area with some nice ducks to show for the afternoon.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/19/11

(Personal note – Sorry this one’s so late but I was out of town until today)

The per hunter average dropped significantly this past Saturday, 11/19/11, at San Jacinto Wildlife Area with the average per hunter the second lowest for the season so far. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for Saturday was as follows:

167 adult and 14 junior hunters checked in with 121 Northern Shovelers, 25 Wigeon, 12 Bufflehead, 55 Cinnamon Teal, 48 Gadwall, 35 Green Wing Teal, 14 Mallards, 19 Pintail, 3 Redhead, 16 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese taken on the refuge Saturday. 2 coot were included in the bag on Saturday. This resulted in an average per hunter of 1.99 waterfowl. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation card holders 29 arrived on time.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFG 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 DFG web site 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 DFG Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFG office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. 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.

Don’t forget to donate towards San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt by dropping a buck or two, or even some change, in the bottle on the check station counter. In the past this bottle has been filled by hunters putting their change from daily permit purchases in the bottle. Since the check station is no longer selling permits the source of that change has dried up. This is important for promoting the future of our sport by getting young people interested in waterfowl hunting.

Also, San Jacinto’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive has started. Bring a toy to donate to the barrel in the check station. Check SoCalHunt’s post regarding the toy drive for information at:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/annual-toy-drive-begins-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/16/11

Waterfowl averages at San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped slightly on Wednesday, 11/16/11, probably due to foggy conditions early in the day. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday were as follows:

125 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 106 Northern Shovelers, 41 Wigeon, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 5 Bufflehead, 111 Cinnamon Teal, 51 Gadwall, 43 Green Wing Teal, 52 Mallards, 33 Pintail, 5 Redhead, 27 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Wood Duck and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese taken on the refuge Wednesday. 6 coot were included in the bag on Wednesday. This resulted in an average per hunter of 3.80. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation card holders 27 arrived on time.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFG 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 DFG web site 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 DFG Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFG office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this year. 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.

Don’t forget to donate towards San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt by dropping a buck or two, or even some change, in the bottle on the check station counter. In the past this bottle has been filled by hunters putting their change from daily permit purchases in the bottle. Since the check station is no longer selling permits the source of that change has dried up. This is important for promoting the future of our sport by getting young people interested in waterfowl hunting.

Also, San Jacinto’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive has started. Bring a toy to donate to the barrel in the check station. Check SoCalHunt’s post regarding the toy drive for information at:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/annual-toy-drive-begins-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/


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