Archive for November, 2015

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/25/15, Saturday – 11/28/15 and Sunday – 11/29/15

As should be expected, the waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up significantly compared to Sunday’s low averages. Shovelers and Widgeon tied for first place for the number of birds checked in and Green Wing Teal took the the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/25/15 were as follows:

176 adult and 23 junior hunters bagged 97 Northern Shovelers, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 43 Gadwall, 97 Widgeon, 68 Green Wing Teal, 20 Mallards, 54 Pintail, 2 Redheads, 7 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 4 Goldeneyes. There was also 13 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were checked in on Wednesday. This figured out to an average take of 2.05 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 2.12 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 45 were on time for their spot.

Saturday’s per hunter waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for went up a bit as compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers surged way out into first place for number of birds taken and Widgeon dropped back to the second spot edging out Pintails by 4 birds. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/28/15 were as follows:

170 adult and 24 junior hunters bagged 145 Northern Shovelers, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 36 Gadwall, 75 Widgeon, 52 Green Wing Teal, 24 Mallards, 71 Pintail, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 11 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 10 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 56 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose harvested at Wister on Saturday. 2 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This came out to a per hunter average of 2.28 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.58 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 35 were on time for their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl harvest average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as expected, dropped down quite a bit from Saturday’s averages. Shovelers and Green Wing Teal tied for the first spot for number of birds taken with Pintails taking over second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/29/15 were as follows:

73 adult hunters and 7 junior hunter bagged 11 Northern Shoveler, 8 Widgeon, 11 Green Wing Teal, 6 Gadwalls, 5 Mallards, 9 Pintails, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 6 Ruddy Ducks. A lone Snow Goose was bagged at Wister on Sunday. No Coots were checked in Sunday. This worked out to a per gun average of 0.71 ducks or, with the Goose added in, 0.73 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 6 showed up on time.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 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 the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. 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 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 season. 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 Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/28/15

More cold and partly cloudy skies were on tap Saturday for hunters at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as the per hunter average take of waterfowl rose slightly in comparison to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers, once again, were in first place for number of birds taken and Green Wing Teal again held on to the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 11/28/15, were as follows:

129 adult and 17 junior hunters checked in with 86 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 41 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 10 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser and 25 Ruddy Ducks. Once again no Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. 31 Coots were also taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. This worked out to a 1.73 average per hunter on the ducks and, with the Coots added in, 1.94 average of waterfowl for each person. 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

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-has-begun-2/

Also, be sure to check SoCalHunt’s article on donations for the 22nd Annual Junior Hunt, which is coming up on February 6th, 2016. New state regulations regarding donations for this great event are in effect this year. It’s a great cause to donate to for the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Also, don’t forget Bass Pro Shops’ Art Print Drawing to help raise funds for the Junior Hunt. Bass Pro Shops in located in in Rancho Cucamonga. Details on donating and the BPS drawing can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-announces-the-22nd-annual-junior-waterfowl-hunt-february-6th-2016/

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 may not get your pass in time to use it as they have to mail it to you which can take up to 15 days. At this point you need to purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent so you will 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, Wednesday – 11/25/15

Wednesday greeted hunters at San Jacinto Wildlife Area with cold, partly cloudy conditions as the per gun waterfowl average dropped almost a full bird as compared to Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers retained first spot for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal holding on to second position once again. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 11/25/15, was as follows:

156 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 66 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 26 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 38 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 16 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merganser and 21 Ruddy Ducks. There were zero Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 3 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday. This figured out to a 1.42 average on the ducks for each hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.44 waterfowl for each gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 36 arrived 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

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-has-begun-2/

Also, be sure to check SoCalHunt’s article on donations for the 22nd Annual Junior Hunt, which is coming up on February 6th, 2016. New state regulations regarding donations for this great event are in effect this year. It’s a great cause to donate to for the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Also, don’t forget Bass Pro Shops’ Art Print Drawing to help raise funds for the Junior Hunt. Bass Pro Shops in located in in Rancho Cucamonga. Details on donating and the BPS drawing can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-announces-the-22nd-annual-junior-waterfowl-hunt-february-6th-2016/

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 may not get your pass in time to use it as they have to mail it to you which can take up to 15 days. At this point you need to purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent so you will 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/18/15, Saturday – 11/21/15 and Sunday – 11/22/15

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, as usual, jumped way up from Sunday’s low averages. Shovelers once again took first place for the number of birds checked in and Widgeon took over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/18/15 were as follows:

117 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 87 Northern Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 22 Gadwall, 81 Widgeon, 50 Green Wing Teal, 6 Mallards, 65 Pintail, 4 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks. There was 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday. 5 Coots were also taken on Wednesday. This worked out to an average of 2.78 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots included, 2.83 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 were on time for their spot.

The waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped about a bird per person compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers retained first place for number of birds taken, and Widgeon remained in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/21/15 were as follows:

169 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 100 Northern Shovelers, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Gadwall, 92 Widgeon, 18 Green Wing Teal, 23 Mallards, 24 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 1 Ross’ Goose, 2 White Fronts and 15 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday. 5 Coots were also harvested at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average per hunter of 1.76 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.89 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 were on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as is usual, dropped back down from Saturday’s average take. Shovelers were still in the first spot for number of birds taken with Widgeon staying in second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/22/15 were as follows:

57 adult hunters and 8 junior hunter bagged 15 Northern Shoveler, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Widgeon, 5 Green Wing Teal, 5 Gadwalls, 4 Mallards, 5 Pintails and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 9 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday. No Coots were checked in Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.82 ducks per person or, with the Geese added in, 0.95 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 16 were on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 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 the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. 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 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 season. 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 Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/21/15

Another clear, calm and warm day greeted hunters on Saturday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as the per shooter waterfowl average ticked down slightly as compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers stayed in first position for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal just barely holding the second position by one bird over Widgeon. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 11/21/15, was as follows:

136 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 117 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 53 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 54 Green Wing Teal, 23 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 13 Bufflehead and 6 Ruddy Ducks. There were 3 Canada Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  In addition 14 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. This came out to a 2.20 average on the ducks for each person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.32 waterfowl for each gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 29 arrived 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

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-has-begun-2/

Also, be sure to check SoCalHunt’s article on donations for the 22nd Annual Junior Hunt, which is coming up on February 6th, 2016. New state regulations regarding donations for this great event are in effect this year. It’s a great cause to donate to for the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Also, don’t forget Bass Pro Shops’ Art Print Drawing to help raise funds for the Junior Hunt. Bass Pro Shops in located in in Rancho Cucamonga. Details on donating and the BPS drawing can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/san-jacinto-wildlife-area-announces-the-22nd-annual-junior-waterfowl-hunt-february-6th-2016/

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 may not get your pass in time to use it as they have to mail it to you which can take up to 15 days. At this point you need to purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent so you will 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.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Toy Drive has begun

The staff at San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun their Annual Toy Drive!  Tom Trakes, Wildlife Habitat Supervisor, at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, advised SoCalHunt that this year’s Toy Drive will, once again, benefit the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool.

We, at Socalhunt, encourage all hunters that show up to hunt at San Jacinto in the next several weeks bring along a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the kids.  This is a chance to show the general public that hunters have a heart.  The toys for the Head Start Preschool are intended for 4 to 5 year old boys and girls.

Donations for the Bryant Park Head Start Program will be accepted until December 17th , with the San Jacinto Staff, along with Santa, delivering them on the 18th .  These donations don’t need to go through the new state procedures for donations (such as the donations for the Junior Hunt) as San Jacinto is not receiving the donations but is just a collection point for them.

Please take this opportunity to show that hunters really care and donate to the San Jacinto Annual Toy Drive and support this noble effort.

For further details please contact Tom at (951)-236-3040 or the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Office at (951)-928-0580.  Toys can be donated at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Office at 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview, CA 92567.

Thank you for your support!

SJ 2015 Bryant Park Toy Drive

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 11/18/15

Once again SoCalHunt traveled to San Jacinto Wildlife Area for another refill hunt. The usual hunting partners weren’t available so I was on my own again. I was hoping to snag a particular blind, which usually hasn’t been too popular in the past, due to some info I had that it might actually be a sleeper this year.

As I approached the check station parking lot there were only 4 trucks in the lot indicating that I would be getting out somewhere for sure! I dropped my toy donation in the Bryant Park Preschool Toy Drive box and signed in on the refill list. I was only a few down on the refill list when I signed in but my original plan was already dashed as when I looked on the board in the check station my intended blind had checked in and had already refilled. Tom told me that the morning hunters came out of that blind with limits so it looks like my info was good but my timing wasn’t.

I checked the board for another spot and there were several available but I opted to wait a short time to see what came in. A couple of blinds came in but after considering options I decided to try a blind that was already available which I’d never been in before. This blind was sort of in the middle of the area but it looked like several blinds nearby were already empty so there would be several flyways into it where the birds wouldn’t be shot at before they got to my pond.

I walked out to the check station lot and got into my truck, then decided I’d use the facilities at the check station lot before I headed out to the blind. When I got back to my truck, what did I see? My keys dangling from the ignition and the doors locked…wonderful… Luckily, due to my doing this just a few (really just a few) times in the past, I have a plastic “credit card” key in my wallet from the Auto Club. This comes in real handy for opening the truck’s door when I pull a bonehead move like this. Its one of the advantages of an Auto Club membership, they give them to members free. So, what could have been a major hassle turned out to be a minor inconvenience that only delayed me a couple minutes.

With that potential disaster averted I ventured out to my blind. Once in the blind and set up it was just a little before noon, meaning I had about 5 hours of hunting ahead of me. It wasn’t too long before the first bird flew by…

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…however I don’t believe these are in season and it was a little out of range…

Anyway, just a couple minutes after getting everything set I was, as seems to be my habit, looking right when I should have looked left and a widgeon flew right over the blind well within range but was gone before I could even think about grabbing the shotgun. I seem to actually be getting pretty good at identifying birds from the rear as they are flying away.

It wasn’t long before the weather started to warm to the point of almost being uncomfortable. Things were dead still and thin, wispy cirrus clouds gave a little definition to the sky with their brush stroke like appearance.

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Probably due to the dead calm and hot conditions not much was moving and I could see quite a few hunters vacating their blinds and calling it a day, leaving many areas where the ducks could sit undisturbed for the rest of the day. As usual when things are slow, duck wise, there is still lots to look at in the marsh. The usual complement of ruddy ducks and coots were cruising the pond, occasionally diving for a bite to eat. A black phoebe flitted around the blind, chasing insects and a bushtit landed in the adjacent brush for a quick rest before flying off towards the next pond.

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About 2:30 a flight of about 8 ducks skirted the pond and headed towards the Walker ponds. They were way out of range for me but low enough if they passed over an occupied blind. By the lack of any shots being fired, I presumed they made it safely to wherever they were going without doing so.

After that the sky remained devoid of ducks and about an hour before quitting time I decided to pull the decoys so I’d at least have that part of the pick up out of the way when quitting time rolled around. Since I was on a solo hunt this time I’d only put out about 10 decoys so it didn’t take too long to pull them in.

I settled back into the blind, figuring that it was probably all over except for the quitting time alarm on my cell phone. About 20 minutes before quitting time a hen shoveler wrapped in over the pond, past the blind and then turned and came back with wings cupped and landing gear down, just like she was coming into the decoys that were no longer there. I swung through the spoony and she folded with one shot and crashed into the pond. Finally, a bird down and, unusual for me lately, with one shot.

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After wading out to pick up my duck it was only a few minutes and the quitting time alarm went off so I set about picking up my gear. No other ducks had come anywhere near my blind in the last few minutes so I ended the day with a single shoveler on the strap. Still, considering conditions and the few birds I did see, I was extremely happy to get the one. As I conducted my pick up and then headed for the truck I was again treated to another signature SJ sunset.

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So, due to family obligations around Thanksgiving the next hunt will probably be in a couple weeks. I’m already looking forward to it and hopefully conditions will be more “ducky” by the time SoCalHunt heads out again. Maybe we’ll see you out there.


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