San Jacinto Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt Event – 2/4/12

Today SoCalHunt reported for duty at 0200 to San Jacinto Wildlife Area to volunteer for the annual San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Junior Waterfowl Hunt Event. The heaters and grills were fired up and I was assigned to cook the sausages for the crowd’s breakfast. Everyone enjoyed a hearty breakfast of pancakes and sausages before heading out to the blinds for the morning’s shoot.

After the staff and volunteers got everyone off to the blinds I went to my truck to sack out for a short nap. After catching twenty winks we ran into the city of San Jacinto and picked up 20 large sandwiches, generously donated by Walmart, and hauled them back to the refuge for lunch.

Lunch consisted of the afore mentioned sandwiches (which were great) and chips. The sandwiches were enjoyed by the 82 junior hunters in attendance (20 more then last year!) and their accompanying adults and were quickly consumed.

Once the lunch was over a raffle was conducted and many great prizes were given out. They ran the gamut from gun cases, blind seats, decoys, calls, hunting DVDs, and numerous other hunting related gifts to fishing rods to a pheasant club hunt for a family of four to the big prize of the event, a six month old chocolate lab puppy. There was also a special drawing for the accompanying adults for two custom made knives. There were enough prizes that I believe that each junior hunter left with at least two prizes.

Once the lunch and raffle were over the junior hunters were assembled and a group picture was taken of all the participants. (I couldn’t get everyone in one shot so I posted two pictures below to get everyone in.)

After the picture many of the junior hunters headed back out to their blinds to finish their day of duck hunting. I will post the final results of today’s junior hunt as soon as Tom gets the numbers to me.

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