SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 10/28/15

Once again, due to work obligations, SoCalHunt had to skip the opener last Saturday. So, today, as I did last season, I ventured out to San Jacinto Wildlife Area for, hopefully, my delayed season opener with a solo afternoon refill hunt.

I started out early, figuring that I might need the extra time since it was the first Wednesday of the season. As I pulled up to the check station there were about 20 trucks parked in the lot. Being it was about 8 am I figured a few on the refill list were probably out to breakfast, so I still wasn’t sure that the refill list wouldn’t be a long one. I walked up to the check station and found I was about ¾ of the way down the first page of the refill list. It looked like I would get out, it was just a question of when and where.

As I waited at the check station the morning shooters began to trickle in. The hunters checking out were ranging all over the board, a couple with limits, some with pretty good straps of 4 to 5 birds, more with 1 or 2 birds and a few with a goose…egg…(none). It seemed like a while before the pace of the hunters checking in picked up and about noon one of the blinds I was shooting for checked in. The hunters had a pretty full strap and it looked good for the afternoon shoot.

I headed out to the blind and by 1:15 I was set up and hunting. I hunkered down in the blind and began to peruse the sky for ducks and absorb the ambiance of the marsh. I was optimistic as the opener on Saturday shot a phenomenal 5.1 average and the morning shooters in my blind had near limits.

As I scanned the sky I also enjoyed the sounds and sights of the marsh. Some grebes swam by close to the blind and the sky was filled with beautiful cloud formations, especially the clouds hanging over Mount San Jacinto towering over the landscape to the southeast.

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As the afternoon wore away the sky remained duckless and only an occasional shot was heard around the Wildlife Area. Although no ducks were forthcoming the scenery and clouds around the Wildlife Area were of some consolation.

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At 6:00 on the nose the alarm on my cell phone went off, telling me that quitting time had arrived. The sun dropped behind the hills as I packed up my gear another signature SJ sunset faded away.

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Next week is still up in the air so we’ll have to see how things go. Hopefully I’ll be out at San Jacinto again soon, hopefully next week, and hopefully a few more birds will be around. Maybe I’ll see you out there.

 


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