DFW Commission Sets 2015/16 Season Regulations

The California Fish and Game Commission, during their August 5th meeting in Fortuna, California, adopted waterfowl season dates and regulations for the 2015/16 waterfowl season.

Regulations adopted for the Southern California Zone (which will cover San Jacinto Wildlife Area):
Ducks and Geese: October 24, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 6 and February 7, 2016. (San Jacinto’s Annual Youth Hunt will be February 6th, 2016).
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may consist of 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup. (Scaup may only be taken November 7th, 2015 through January 31st, 2016 – so be careful the first two weeks of the season again).
Geese: Daily bag limit: 25! Of which 15 may be white geese and 10 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

“Electronic” Spinning wing decoys (AKA – mojo’s) will be allowed from December 1 until the season ends (statewide) – non-motorized / wind powered mojo’s are allowed all season.

The regulations that most affect San Jacinto hunters are the fact that, again, scaup cannot be taken the first two weeks of the season. Also, last season the canvasback limit was 1, this year its up to 2 cans a day. Although geese aren’t a big concern at SJ, as far as going over limit, this year’s regulations up the limit on geese to an amazing 25 (WOW!) of which 15 may be white geese and 10 can be dark geese.

So, regulations are set, bird numbers, in general, are good, well over the long term averages, and San Jacinto is looking good for the upcoming season. Now, all we need for a great season is some decent amount of rain. Come on El Nino!! Hope to see you all out at good old SJ!

This above information is provided as a general guide only. Please check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website at:


…or printed regulation book (available soon at most license agent locations) for official information and/or for regulations in other waterfowl zones in the state.

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