Archive for December, 2013

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/28/13

The average per hunter waterfowl take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for this Saturday jumped significantly over last Saturday’s average after the Christmas break Wednesday.  For the first time this year Shovelers were not the most numerous bird taken, that spot being taken over by Green Wing Teal, relegating Shovelers to the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/13 were as follows:

139 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 204 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 231 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 11 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 4 Scaup, 16 Bufflehead and 11 Ruddy Ducks.  Again no geese were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  16 coots were also counted in the take on Saturday. This resulted in a per hunter waterfowl average of 3.60 birds. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 32 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.  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.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/21/13

The per hunter waterfowl average at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for this Saturday improved somewhat over Wednesday’s average under clear, cool conditions.  Once again Shovelers were the most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal holding on to the number two spot for Saturday. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/21/13 were as follows:

150 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 208 Northern Shovelers, 18 Mallards, 32 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 61 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 5 Canvasbacks, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 6 Bufflehead and 11 Ruddy Ducks.  No geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  3 coots were also included in the count on Saturday. This resulted in a per hunter waterfowl average of 2.16 birds. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 33 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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.  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.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/18/13

The per hunter average take of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for this Wednesday dropped to just under 2 birds per person under partly cloudy skies.  As has been since the start of the season Shovelers were the number one bird for numbers bagged with Green Wing Teal taking a distant second place on Wednesday. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/18/13 were as follows:

128 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 162 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 26 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 6 Ring Necks, 5 Buffleheads and 13 Ruddy Ducks.  There was also one duck listed as “other”. Again no geese were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  5 coots were included in the take for Wednesday.  This averaged out to 1.95 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 29 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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.  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.

Wednesday, December 25th – San Jacinto Closed to Hunting for Christmas Day

On Wednesday, December 25th, Christmas Day, San Jacinto Wildlife Area, along with all other refuges and wildlife areas in the State, will be closed to hunting.  This is just a reminder as I’m sure most hunters were aware of this already.  So, if you get a new shotgun, pair of waders, or a new duck call from Santa or any other kind friend or relative you’ll have to wait until the next Saturday, December 28th, to try them out.  Here’s wishing the staff at San Jacinto a Merry Christmas and a well deserved day off with family and friends.  SoCalHunt would also like to wish all who read this a wonderful Christmas day and good luck when we get back to hunting on the 28th.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/14/13

The average waterfowl take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for this Saturday dropped just slightly, under clear but windy conditions, from Wednesday’s average.  As seemingly always Shovelers were the largest number of birds taken with Gadwall took over the number two spot for Saturday. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/14/13 were as follows:

123 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 191 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 44 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 18 Green Wing Teal, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 6 Bufflehead and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no geese were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  3 coots were also checked in on Saturday.  This resulted in a per hunter waterfowl average of 2.53 birds. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 31 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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.  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.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/11/13

Today SoCalHunt was back at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for an afternoon refill hunt along with my usual hunting partner.

We got a little later start then we would have liked and as we drove down Davis Road, towards the check station, it was with a bit of trepidation about our chances of getting a good spot today.

When we arrived at the check station parking lot we were pleasantly surprised to see only about a dozen or so trucks parked there. We checked in and put our names on the refill list and found that we were down near the bottom of the second page, which was pretty good for as late as we had arrived.

We only waited a short while and one of the blinds that I would count in my top ten choices came in.  To our surprise no one above us on the refill list wanted the blind so we swapped our day passes for it, took off from the check station lot and headed for our assigned blind.  We had only been waiting about a half hour and we were in the blind, set up and hunting at 11:00 AM.

When we arrived the conditions were clear and somewhat cold with a little breeze.  As we set the decoys the tules in the pond and Bernasconi Hills reflected in the rippling waters of our pond.

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We settled in to wait for some ducks to come by and we didn’t have to wait long.  Birds were flying and we had a couple of small groups of ducks cross our pond but out of range.  After only a half hour we were concentrating on a group five ducks circling near our pond when we heard the familiar sound of duck feet skidding to a landing on the water.  While we were watching the ducks that were flying at a distance a shoveler hen had snuck in and landed in the decoys, only about 20 yards from our blind.  The bird was on my partner’s side and we stood up to flush her off the water.  She jumped and started to fly but my partner dropped her with one shot.  So we were off to a good start with a bird down after only a half hour of hunting.  My partner retrieved his duck and we settled in to wait for more.

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In the next half hour we had two pair of ducks slid in behind us, unnoticed, until it was too late to shoulder our shotguns.  That was just as well as, if we would have dropped any of these birds, they would have likely fallen into the tules and been lost.  At about 12:30 a small group of honkers headed our way but a neighboring blind opened up on them at extreme distance and they were off for greener pastures (and quieter receptions).  After that it was almost as if someone had flipped a switch. We would see an occasional duck at a distance but none came even near close enough for a shot.  We could hear some of the neighboring blinds occasionally taking a shot but there was nothing in range for us.

Just a couple minutes before quitting time a small group of honkers, likely the same ones we had seen before, headed right for us.  At about 100 yards they veered off and at the same time a couple of widgeon came right over us.  Since the geese were out of range and heading away my partner tried a shot at the widgeon but didn’t connect, just as the alarm on my cell phone, indicating quitting time, sounded.  So, after what seemed to be a good start things fizzled out and we ended up with a single spoony for our efforts.

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Well, that was it. And, although we didn’t get much shooting, it was still nice to be out on the wildlife area enjoying the scenery, wildlife and some good company in the blind.  So, as the sun set we picked up and headed for home.

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Anyway, we had hoped, with the cold weather this week, some more birds would have migrated down but, so far, it appears the main migration from the north hasn’t arrived yet.  Hopefully the next time we hit good old SJ they’ll be a few more birds in the area.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/11/13

The average waterfowl take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for this Wednesday ticked up just slightly from Saturday’s average to near the season’s highest average under crisp cool skies.  As always, good old Shovelers were the number one bird taken with Widgeon taking a distant second on Wednesday. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/11/13 were as follows:

135 adults and 1 junior hunter bagged 200 Northern Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 45 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 29 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 6 Buffleheads and 15 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone Ross’ Goose was taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  9 coots were also included in the bag for Wednesday.  This averaged out to 2.74 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation card holders 29 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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.  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.


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