San Jacinto’s 21st Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt Event a Big Success, January 31st, 2015

First off, sorry for the lateness of this report but here it is, finally…

I am happy to report, once again, that San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt event was a big success! This is the 21st year of this great event and it was well attended and well appreciated by the junior hunters.

The day started at 0300 as the junior hunters and their adult partners gathered at the San Jacinto check station to get their hunting spots for the day. As always, after hunting spots were assigned, a nice pancake and sausage breakfast was enjoyed by all before heading out to the blinds.

After a successful day of duck hunting the 85 junior hunters in attendance gathered back at SJ headquarters for a delicious lunch and, of course, the prize raffle. This year’s hunt was in honor of our Military Men and Women and 14-year-old Sofia Lazado started off the festivities with a great rendition of the National Anthem. She was accompanied by the NJROTC color guard of Chaparral High School consisting of John Minter, Devin Hernandez, and Alexis Apilado. A big thanks to these patriotic individuals for adding a big dose of American pride to the event.

All the juniors in attendance were given a custom made SJ Junior Hunt shirt, a SJ Junior Hunt hat and a goodie bag with an assortment of hunting related items. Many prizes were donated and they ran the gamut from gun cases, decoys, fishing rods, blind bags and other assorted hunting and outdoor gear. Needless to say all the junior hunters went away happy with everyone walking away with at least two raffle prize.

I’m proud to say that the San Jacinto hunters outdid themselves this year with the donations to the Junior Hunt box on the check station counter. $1079 was collected in the box during the past season. In addition the Sure Shot raffle at the check station resulted in another $679 towards the event. The money went to buy some of the food, the shirts and hats, the drinks and some of the raffle prizes including the two grand prizes of two new shotguns for a couple of the lucky juniors. Once again Bass Pro Shops generously gave the San Jacinto staff a 25% discount on the raffle prizes that they bought allowing the money go much further.

A great time was had by all to top off a good day of duck hunting.

I’d like to add that these junior hunters are the future of our sport and it is really gratifying to see the San Jacinto hunters step up to the plate this year and donate towards this outstanding event.

Shopping for the prizes at Bass Pro.

The flag salute and National Anthem.
SJ Nat Anthem

Conducting the Raffle.

A couple of the many prize winners and the crowd enjpoying lunch!


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