Archive for January, 2015

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area Junior Hunt, Saturday – 1/31/15

Saturday’s special San Jacinto Wildlife Area 21st Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt resulted in a good average take for each of the junior hunters in attendance. Shoverlers were the number one bird taken with Cinnamon Teal taking the second spot for number of birds taken. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 1/31/15, was as follows:

85 junior hunters checked in with 32 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 11 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 26 Green Wing Teal, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Red Heads, 3 Ring Necks, 9 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. Zero geese were harvested at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. There were 10 coots checked in by the juniors on Saturday. This worked out to an average of 1.41 ducks per junior hunter or, with the coots figured in, 1.53 waterfowl per junior hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 28 arrived on time.

Since SoCalHunt couldn’t attend the Junior Hunt this year I’ll be posting a report on the breakfast, lunch and raffle as soon as Tom gets me the info on that. Preliminary reports indicate it was a great event with lots of prizes and food for all that attended. As soon as I have the info I’ll post it here.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/24/15

The average harvest of ducks per hunter at San Jacinto Wildlife Area rose slightly on this Saturday as compared to Wednesday’s totals on a day with windy, warm Santa Ana conditions. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place again for number of birds taken and Shovelers took back the second spot today just 2 bird behind the Green Wings. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/24/15 were as follows:

142 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 99 Northern Shovelers, 61 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 101 Green Wing Teal, 1 Mallards, 2 Pintail, 4 Bufflehead, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup and 17 Ruddy Ducks. Zero geese were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. 14 coots were also checked in on Saturday at San Jacinto. This figured out to an average bag per hunter of 2.01 ducks, or, with the coots included, 2.11 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 26 showed up on time.

So that’s it for the regular waterfowl season for 2014 / 2015. If you are a junior hunter, or you have a junior hunter in the family, there’s one more chance for them to waterfowl hunt this season at San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt. For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/20/15

The per hunter average harvest of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed almost the same on this Wednesday as compared to Saturday’s totals on a day that started out with foggy conditions with limited visibility for a while in the morning. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place for number of birds taken and Gadwall slipped into the second spot today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/15 were as follows:

115 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 27 Northern Shovelers, 56 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 93 Green Wing Teal, 7 Mallards, 2 Pintail, 4 Bufflehead, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks and 12 Ruddy Ducks. No geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday. In addition 5 coots were also brought in on Wednesday at San Jacinto. This figured out to an average bag per hunter of 1.80 ducks, or, with the coots included, 1.84 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 21 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is done after that.

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 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 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 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.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/17/15

The average bag of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area jumped back up nearly three-quarters of a bird per hunter on Saturday over Wednesday’s totals on a clear sunny day that started cold and ended with mild temperatures. Green Wing Teal were way out in first place for number of birds taken and Shovelers stayed in a distant second spot today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/17/15 were as follows:

145 adult and 7 junior hunters bagged 75 Northern Shovelers, 31 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 132 Green Wing Teal, 6 Mallards, 5 Pintail, 9 Bufflehead, 9 Cinnamon Teal, and 21 Ruddy Ducks. Again no geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. 4 coots were also included in the count on Saturday at San Jacinto. This figured out to an average bag per hunter of 1.90 ducks, or, with the coots included, 1.93 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 33 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is done after that.

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 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 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 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.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 1/14/15

Today SoCalHunt hit San Jacinto Wildlife Area again for our last chance this season at a morning hunt. No reservation again but we had high hopes for a low sweat line draw to get out in the morning. Today was unique as this was the first time this season that both my regular hunting partners were available.

0300 and we walked up to the check station to submit our names for the sweat line drawing. At 0330 the list was taken in and shortly thereafter the list was posted on the check station window. Not a great draw but good enough that we had a chance to get out in the morning. Unfortunately, for us, it appeared that most of the reservation holders had decided to take advantage of their reservations. By the time we were called to the check station there were only a couple of marginal blinds left. Now it was decision time. Go out in the morning to a marginal blind or take the first spot on the refill list and hope that we get out to a good blind and the birds would still be flying. We chose the refill list.

Anyway, we hung out for a while and then it was off to Harry’s Café for a great breakfast. After a leisurely breakfast we returned to SJ to wait for a great blind to check in. We waited a while and finally one of the best blinds checked in with a decent strap of birds from the morning hunt. We were issued our yellow cards and it was off to the blind. We were set up and hunting right about noon.

Even though the day had started off cold it had now progressed to mild temperatures and bluebird skies. There was still some snow of the surrounding mountains, indicating that it hadn’t been that warm the last couple weeks.

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We sat back and waited for the birds to fly. After about an hour or so a nice drake pintail looped in to our pond but stayed out of range as he scoped out our decoys. He, apparently, didn’t like something and headed out, out of range never offering any of us a shot. Not long after that a teal streaked through out pond, unfortunately, also out of range. We could hear an occasional shot from other parts of the wildlife area but as the day went on it seemed they were fewer and further between. As we waited for the ducks we enjoyed the usual activity in our pond. There was, of course, the usual complement of coots in the pond, fighting and feeding. An occasional hawk flew by and there were numerous black birds in the surrounding trees.

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Around 3:45 a lone shoveler drake swam around the tip of the tule patch about 40 yards out from our blind. One of my hunting partners happened to be looking at the right place at the right time and when the bird realized his mistake and jumped to fly my partner was able to quickly bring his shotgun into action and bagged him with one shot. So, finally, a bird on the strap. Hopefully more to come.

Well, that wasn’t to be and the lone spoony was the last duck we saw. About 20 minutes before quitting time we decided to start picking up, my partners getting the decoys rounded up while I picked up the blind. Just in case I left my shotgun loaded but no duck appeared. As the sun dropped behind the Bernasconi Hills we finished picking up and headed for the trucks.

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Well, one bird in the bag, better then nothing again but it would have been nice to get a few more. But as they say, if it was too easy it would be shooting not hunting. The bonus today was being in the blind with two good friends which was well worth the trip.

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So, as things stand now I have one more day this season I can make it our to San Jacinto, hopefully. I’ll give it a shot for a refill next Wednesday and hope the birds decide to fly in the afternoon for the end of the season.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/14/15

The per hunter average take of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area crept back even a little more on Wednesday over Saturday’s results on a bright sunny day that started out cold and rose to mild temperatures as the day progressed. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place for number of birds taken with Shovelers staying in second spot today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/14/15 were as follows:

130 adult and 1 junior hunters bagged 50 Northern Shovelers, 17 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 69 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 5 Pintail, 5 Bufflehead, 4 Cinnamon Teal, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. Once again there were no geese taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 5 coots were also bagged on Wednesday at San Jacinto. This worked out to an average take of 1.20 ducks per hunter, or, with the coots included, 1.24 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 37 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is done after that.

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 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 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 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.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/10/15

The average take of ducks per hunter at San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid back a little more on Saturday over Wednesday’s results on a gloomy day with lite sprinkles. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds taken and Shovelers stayed in second place today. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/10/15 were as follows:

139 adult and 19 junior hunters bagged 70 Northern Shovelers, 31 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 79 Green Wing Teal, 2 Mallards, 6 Pintail, 9 Bufflehead, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, and 21 Ruddy Ducks. Again no geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. 6 coots were also checked in today at San Jacinto. This figured out to an average bag of 1.48 ducks per hunter, or, with the coots included, 1.52 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations 32 showed up on time.

Don’t forget to bring a buck or two or ten, whatever you can spare if you’re able, and put some in the box in the check station for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. These donations go towards running the event, the food and some of the prizes for the junior hunters. The juniors are the future of our sport and the junior hunt is a great way to get them enthused about the sport.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is done after that.

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 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 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 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.


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