Archive for December, 2015

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/30/15

The final hunt day of 2015 presented fairly cold temperatures and clear skies for hunters on Wednesday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area while the per hunter average take slid back a little from Saturday’s averages. Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped positions again for number of birds taken with the Spooneys taking back first place pushing the Teal into second. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 12/30/15, were as follows:

145 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 151 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 26 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 17 Pintail, 72 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, 11 Bufflehead and 15 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday. A lone Coot was taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. The average take per hunter figured out to 2.06 ducks or, with the Coot included, a 2.07 average bag of waterfowl for each hunter. 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

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 – 12/23/15, Saturday – 12/26/15 and Sunday – 12/27/15

As per the usual pattern, the average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up somewhat compared to Sunday’s slow take. Green Wing Teal moved back into first position for the number of birds taken and Shovelers took back the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/23/15 were as follows:

154 adult and 21 junior hunters bagged 60 Northern Shovelers, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 27 Gadwall, 23 Widgeon, 103 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 51 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 11 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 11 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were checked in on Wednesday. This came out to an average bag of 1.65 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured in, 1.72 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Saturday’s waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area went up over a bird and a quarter from Wednesday’s count. Shovelers swapped spots with Green Wing Teal taking over first place for number of ducks bagged relegating the Teal to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/26/15 were as follows:

170 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 148 Northern Shovelers, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 99 Gadwall, 59 Widgeon, 124 Green Wing Teal, 12 Mallards, 87 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 6 Ruddy Ducks. In addition 91 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday. No Coots were reported taken at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 2.99 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured in, 3.48 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 arrived on time for their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as should be expected, dropped back quite a ways compared to Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers held on to the first position for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal remaining in second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/27/15 were as follows:

57 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 21 Northern Shovelers, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Gadwalls, 6 Widgeon, 4 Pintail, 15 Green Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 4 Snow Geese brought in at Wister on Sunday. Again no Coots were reported taken on Sunday. This came out to an average of 1.08 ducks per gun or, with the Geese figured in, 1.15 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 15 checked in 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.

 

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 2015 Annual Bryant Park Toy Drive a Big Success!

Thanks to all the hunters at San Jacinto who donated toys this year the San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s annual Bryant Park Head Start Preschool had a great party for the kids!

Santa came by and distributed the toys to all the preschool’s kids, plus their siblings. A great time was had by all! (And some great food as you can see!)

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Again a big thanks to the San Jacinto hunters for their generous donations of toys making this all possible. This just proves that hunters have a heart and really care.

Thanks again for the toy donations!

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/26/15

More cold temperatures along with clear, windy conditions were experienced by hunters on Saturday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area which helped the per gun average to rebound somewhat from Wednesday’s low numbers. Green Wing Teal continued in first place with Shovelers keeping the second position for number of birds taken. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 12/26/15, were as follows:

143 adult and 18 junior hunters checked in with 124 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 38 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 131 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Hooded Merganser and 24 Ruddy Ducks. Once again no Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. There were also 2 Coots bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. The average take per hunter came out to 2.22 ducks or, with the Coots figured in, a 2.24 average take of waterfowl for each hunter. 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

NEWS FLASH!! The deadline for getting the donation form in to San Jacinto for the Junior Hunt donations has been extended until the end of December!!

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 – 12/23/15

Cold temperatures and some wind clearing out our recent storm were on tap for hunters Wednesday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as the per hunter average take took a nosedive from Saturday’s average. Green Wing Teal held on to first place with Shovelers staying in second position for number of birds checked in. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 12/23/15, were as follows:

141 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 56 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 4 Pintail, 82 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, 14 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 20 Ruddy Ducks. There were zero Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday and 26 Coots were also harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday. The average take per hunter came out to 1.46 ducks or, with the Coots added in, a 1.63 average on waterfowl for each person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 31 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

NEWS FLASH!! The deadline for getting the donation form in to San Jacinto for the Junior Hunt donations has been extended until the end of December!!

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 – 12/16/15, Saturday – 12/19/15 and Sunday – 12/20/15

As is usually the case, the average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s slow take. Green Wing Teal stayed in the first position for the number of birds taken and Shovelers slid back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/16/15 were as follows:

119 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 91 Northern Shovelers, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 63 Gadwall, 77 Widgeon, 158 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallard, 52 Pintail,1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. In addition 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were also bagged on Wednesday. This worked out to an average bag of 3.83 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.89 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 were on hand to claim their hunting spot.

Saturday’s waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped quite a bit from Wednesday’s good numbers. Green Wing Teal remained in first place for number of ducks bagged with Shovelers retaining second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/19/15 were as follows:

192 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 103 Northern Shovelers, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 31 Gadwall, 46 Widgeon, 163 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 54 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 24 Snow Geese taken at Wister on Saturday. 1 Coot was also brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 2.07 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 2.19 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as always, slid back quite a ways compared to Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers slid in to the first position for number of birds taken with Pintails taking over second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/20/15 were as follows:

71 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters bagged 19 Northern Shoveler, 8 Gadwalls, 13 Widgeon, 14 Green Wing Teal and 16 Pintails. 8 Snow Geese were also brought in at Wister on Sunday. A single Coot was also bagged on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.85 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 0.96 waterfowl per gun. There was no information given on how many reservation holders showed up 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 – 12/19/15

Cold temperatures and a little wind from an approaching storm greeted hunters Saturday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area with the average take staying almost the same as Wednesday’s averages. Today Green Wing Teal swapped positions with Shovelers, taking back first place, leaving the Spoonies in the second position for number of birds bagged. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 12/19/15, were as follows:

145 adult and 12 junior hunters checked in with 131 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 58 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 236 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, 7 Bufflehead, and 18 Ruddy Ducks. Again no Geese were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. A lone Coot was also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. The average bag per person came out to 3.08 ducks or, with the Coot included, a 3.08 average on waterfowl for each gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 31 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

NEWS FLASH!! The deadline for getting the donation form in to San Jacinto for the Junior Hunt donations has been extended until the end of December!!

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, Saturday – 12/16/15

Temperatures that dipped below freezing in the morning and clear skies were on tap for hunters Wednesday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area with the average waterfowl take going up almost a full bird over Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers swapped positions with Green Wing Teal, taking over first place, relegating the teal to the second position for number of birds bagged. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 12/16/15, were as follows:

130 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 166 Northern Shovelers, 15 Mallards, 64 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 21 Pintail, 95 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Bufflehead, and 24 Ruddy Ducks. Again there were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 3 Coots were also added to the count at San Jacinto on Wednesday. The per hunter average bag worked out to 3.11 ducks or, with the Coots added in, a 3.14 average on waterfowl for each hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 31 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

NEWS FLASH!! The deadline for getting the donation form in to San Jacinto for the Junior Hunt donations has been extended until the end of December!!

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 – 12/9/15, Saturday – 12/12/15 and Sunday – 12/13/15

Per the standard pattern, the average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday shot up quite a bit when compared to Sunday’s slow take. Green Wing Teal held on to first position for the number of birds taken and Pintails scooted back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/9/15 were as follows:

128 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 52 Northern Shovelers, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 46 Gadwall, 45 Widgeon, 186 Green Wing Teal, 1 Mallard, 63 Pintail,1 Redhead, 2 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. In addition 19 Snow Geese, 1 Cackling Goose and 1 Canada Goose were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. A lone Coot was also taken on Wednesday. This worked out to an average bag of 3.13 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 3.31 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 were on hand to claim their hunting spot.

Saturday’s waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped about half a bird from Wednesday’s nice numbers. Green Wing Teal remained solidly in first place for number of ducks bagged with Shovelers slipping back into second.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/12/15 were as follows:

212 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 148 Northern Shovelers, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 69 Gadwall, 62 Widgeon, 231 Green Wing Teal, 15 Mallards, 55 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye and 15 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 14 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Saturday. 11 Coots were also brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 2.76 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 2.87 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 43 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, per the usual pattern, slid back quite a ways compared to Saturday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal still held on to the first position for number of birds taken with Pintails edging out Shovelers by one bird to slide back into second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/13/15 were as follows:

77 adult hunters and 6 junior hunter bagged 13 Northern Shoveler, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Widgeon, 43 Green Wing Teal, 4 Gadwalls, 14 Pintails, 1 Bufflehead and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 20 Snow Geese were also checked in at Wister on Sunday. A single Coot was also taken on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 1.08 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 1.34 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 19 showed up 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 – 12/12/15

Clearing, cool weather conditions greeted hunters Saturday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as yesterday’s storm moved out of the area and the average waterfowl take dropped back slightly. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place and Shovelers kept the second position for number of birds checked in. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 12/12/15, were as follows:

148 adult and 18 junior hunters checked in with 87 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 55 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 135 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 4 Ring Necks, 13 Bufflehead, 10 Bufflehead, and 19 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  In addition 3 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. The average take per hunter came out to 2.21 ducks or, with the Coots figured in to the total, a 2.23 average on waterfowl for each gun. 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.

 

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/9/15

Earlier this season SoCalHunt posted a hunting report where we had a plan. The plan was for my hunting partner to come out to San Jacinto for the sweatline drawing and get us a spot and then I would join him later when I arrived. If you follow SoCalHunt you know that, unfortunately, plan “A” didn’t work that time and we ended up doing plan “B”, an afternoon refill hunt.

Well, being the eternal optimists, we decided to try plan “A” again. My regular hunting partner was available to attend the sweatline drawing so he was present when the sweatline printout was posted on the check station window about 3:30 am. This time (drumroll please) the draw was kind and we were 2nd on the sweatline list!

My partner picked our spot and he headed out to set up our blind. He told me later that he wasn’t quite ready when the starting horn sounded and as the wildlife area came alive, with many simultaneous shots, the ducks began to fly with abandon. My partner told me that he had a couple of early opportunities, probably teal rocketing by, but was unable to connect right away in the poor early morning light.

After a short time, things slowed down somewhat and he said that the birds also seemed to calm down a little also. My partner had put out a trio of Bufflehead decoys, amongst the other decoys, and this apparently interested the local Bufflehead population. My partner told me that he had several groups of Buffleheads buzz these decoys and in short order he had four of the little divers on his strap.

Meanwhile, back at my place, when I woke up I discovered that my partner had texted me that he had a spot and already had birds in the bag. Due to my work the night before I couldn’t be there for the morning shoot but, in short order, I was on the way to good old SJ to join him.

Before I got there however, my partner was busy with the “task” at hand. Not too long after he put the quartet of Bufflehead on his strap a Green Wing drake came zipping down the pond and pulled up sharply when he stood to fire. He clipped the bird and it came down near the walkway to our blind, swimming for the reeds immediately after splashdown. He was able to finish it on the water before it could escape and add it to his bag.

Shortly after that, in pretty quick succession, two Shovelers were attracted to the decoys and he was able to harvest them for his strap also. I wasn’t even there yet and my partner had limited out!

When I arrived at the blind, finally, I found my partner whiling away the time by inspecting his eyelids for holes. I was pleased to see he had his limit and was also glad that he didn’t mind staying in the blind with me while I began to work on filling my strap.

When I arrived it was already getting warm and the air was dead calm with some high clouds to accent the scenery. The hills reflected in the still water of our pond like a mirror.

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I set up my gear in the blind and settled back to wait for some ducks to come in. Not long after settling in a lone Spoony hen came in, well within range and I executed a beautiful “catch and release” blowing three holes in the sky as she flew away.

A few more Shovelers came near, but not in range, and several Bufflehead skirted the pond out of range also. As the clock ticked away the remains of the morning the flights started to become fewer and fewer. Finally a young drake Shoveler decoyed beautifully into the spread and I was able to drop that bird with my second shot. Finally, one in the bag.

As noon rolled around the sky became more devoid of ducks, as is pretty much the norm for SJ when it’s calm and warm. As the sun started its downward arch the wildlife area grew quieter and the flights fewer.

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Finally we decided that it was probably over for the day and decided to start picking up a little early as my partner had put out quite a few decoys. Not bad for a sweatline draw for my partner, a limit before I even got there, and one additional bird added by me before noon.

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By the time we got to our trucks the sun was setting and we enjoyed another beautiful and unique San Jacinto sunset. No two of them ever seem to be alike.

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So a pretty good hunt today, for my partner at least, but, of course, I had fun too, especially with a great friend to share the blind. Today was probably a good illustration of how different morning and afternoon shoots can be at SJ. Although, if circumstances dictate that I have to hunt afternoons I’m still going. You can’t bag any sitting on the couch.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/9/15

Partly cloudy skies that progressed into warm, dead-calm conditions were on tap for hunters Wednesday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Green Wing Teal surged out into first place with Shovelers swapping places with them to slip back to the second position for number of birds checked in. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 12/9/15, were as follows:

118 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 59 Northern Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 34 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 147 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 2 Goldeneyes, 10 Bufflehead, and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  There were also 27 Coots taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. This figured out to a 2.62 average take for ducks and, with the Coots added in, a 2.84 average on waterfowl for each hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 36 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/2/15, Saturday – 12/5/15 and Sunday – 12/6/15

As usual, the average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up considerably as compared to Sunday’s usual low numbers. Green Wing Teal took over first place for the number of birds taken and Pintails slid into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/2/15 were as follows:

111 adult and 1 junior hunters bagged 65 Northern Shovelers, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 40 Gadwall, 59 Widgeon, 162 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallards, 73 Pintail,1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, and 9 Ruddy Ducks. There also was 6 Snow Geese and 3 White Front Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday. 4 Coots were also checked in on Wednesday. This figured out to an average take of 3.83 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 3.95 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 were on time for their spot.

Saturday’s per gun waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for stayed virtually the same as Wednesday’s great averages. Green Wing Teal remained way out in front for first place for number of birds taken with Shovelers slipping into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/5/15 were as follows:

205 adult and 21 junior hunters bagged 165 Northern Shovelers, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 52 Gadwall, 93 Widgeon, 394 Green Wing Teal, 18 Mallards, 118 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 1 Blue Wing Teal and 7 Ruddy Ducks. 26 Snow Geese were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. A lone Coot was also added to the count at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 3.88 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 4.00 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 44 showed up on time for their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as usual, dropped way down compared to Saturday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal held on to first place again for number of birds taken with Shovelers, again, holding on to second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/6/15 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 25 Northern Shoveler, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Widgeon, 41 Green Wing Teal, 6 Gadwalls, 2 Mallards, 6 Pintails, 1 Bufflehead and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 4 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday. 2 Coots were also bagged on Sunday. This worked out to an average take per gun of 1.48 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.57 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 17 arrived on time to claim 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 – 12/5/15

Cool, partly cloudy conditions greeted hunters Saturday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as the average take of ducks slid back somewhat in comparison to Wednesday’s numbers. Shovelers stayed in first place with Green Wing Teal remaining in the second position for number of birds bagged. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 12/5/15, were as follows:

133 adult and 11 junior hunters checked in with 93 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 57 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 67 Green Wing Teal, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 9 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 6 Ring Necks, 15 Bufflehead, and 19 Ruddy Ducks. There were 2 Canada Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Saturday.  In addition 7 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. This worked out to a 2.13 average on the ducks for each person or, with the Geese and Coots included, a 2.19 average on waterfowl for each hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 33 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.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/2/15

Today SoCalHunt was lucky enough to get, what I believe was best described by another hunter as, a Wonka Golden Ticket. That’s right, a hunting reservation at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. And not just a reservation, but a very, very low number reservation, ensuring we could get almost any blind we wanted on the entire Wildlife Area.

It’s been a while since either myself or my hunting partners have drawn a reservation. So, both of them made arrangements to join me on the hunt today, which would make it that much better!

We arrived at SJ early, as we had to be sure to be there on time for a reservation number that low. Due to the ongoing construction on the 91 Freeway we were a little concerned we might run in to a detour so we gave ourselves plenty of time. As it turned out there was no detour this morning and it was smooth sailing all the way and we arrived well before time for the SJ staff to open the gate.

Once inside and parked we walked up to the check station to deposit our toy donation for SJ’s annual toy drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool (which is a cause I strongly encourage everyone hunting at San Jacinto to contribute to) and gathered around for Tom’s morning speech. We listened as Tom outlined the rules and regulations for San Jacinto and Tom even had to remind people that there are no boats allowed at SJ as, apparently, they actually had someone rowing a kayak around one of the ponds a couple weeks ago. Now that’s something that never even would have occurred to me to place on the rules sheet. I guess they’ll have to include it on next season’s rules.

Once Tom’s morning speech was done we went inside the check station to get our spot. If you’ve never been to San Jacinto Tom will give you great info on what blind you might want to pick, he won’t steer you wrong. In our case, since we’ve been going there for quite a while, we knew the spot we wanted and, with that great reservation number, we got it.

We headed out onto the wildlife area towards our spot with plenty of time to set up for our day of hunting. Once at our blind we went about setting decoys and setting up our blind. It wasn’t long before we were ready to go and we settled back in our chairs to wait for start time, which was still more then an hour away. While we waited I marveled at the clear night sky. San Jacinto isn’t way out away from city “light pollution”, but is far enough away from it that you can see many more stars then you could around my neighborhood. The Big Dipper was easy to pick out and Orion also brightly graced the sky. Also interesting to see was the waning Moon, Jupiter, Mars and Venus in a nearly straight line from top to bottom in the western sky. As the clock ticked down to start time the sky brightened and the stars and planets faded from sight.

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We enjoyed a great treat for breakfast as one of my hunting buddies had bagged an Elk in Utah a month or so before. We were treated to some great elk jerky for our blind breakfast to go along with the coffee.

Just before start time we could see ducks flying around our pond. One landed in our pond near the blind, only a couple minutes before start time, and began to swim around in the decoys.   At 6:06 Shane blew the start time horn and my buddy on my right stood, as the bird was on his side of the blind, and it flew, but not very far. One bird in the bag, seconds after start time.

We had several ducks come by our blind and we burnt up a few shells before my partner on my right connected again on a Shoveler that splashed down far out into the pond. As the birds were flying, and our ducks we’re going anywhere, we opted to leave them floating for a while until the action slowed a bit.

In short order a flight came swooping in low and I dropped one of the birds and its momentum caused it to skip across the water and pile up in the short vegetation not far from the blind. This was followed shortly by another flight wrapping the blind from which I managed to scratch down another bird. This one wasn’t hit hard and sailed a ways to the north/west section of the pond.

At this point things slowed a bit and we decided, especially since my last bird may be swimming in the low vegetation it would be a good idea to retrieve our birds. My hunting partner on the left held down the fort, so to speak, while my other buddy and I headed out to get the ducks. I grabbed the bird that I had splashed near the blind, which was a nice hen Ring Neck, and then headed to the duck my partner had dropped at start time. This one turned out to be a nice drake Widgeon.

My partner went out and grabbed the Shoveler he had dropped and then over towards where my other bird had sailed. When he got in the area the duck I had clipped jumped and tried to fly again but he foiled that escape with one shot. Upon his return to the blind he added the Spoony and a beautiful hen Gadwall to the strap.

As the morning progressed we had a few more opportunities that we blew, again practicing what I like to call “catch and release” hunting. My partner on the right managed another Shoveler in short order and then things began to slow down a little more. My other hunting buddy had yet to score but this was remedied in short order as a group of Green Wing Teal rocketed in and as one of the drakes pulled up into a climb he nailed it good, the bird helicoptering down into the pond just a few feet away from our blind.

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Things began to slow even more as the sun rose in the sky. We again had a couple more chances at ducks and, of course, the inevitable looking right when the birds came in from the left and vice-versa scenarios. The sky remained clear with just a few wispy cirrus clouds.

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At one point we were debating on calling it a day and the wind started to come up so we decided to wait a while as, if it blows hard enough, that will usually get the birds moving. We saw a few flying but none were coming in range. We could see, from where our blind was, that many of the hunters on the wildlife area were already heading for home, leaving many ponds open for occupation by the ducks with no incentive for them to leave. The wind kept blowing but, apparently, not quite hard enough to get things moving, so we finally called it a day. Six ducks on the strap, and it should have been more, but bottom line is we had a great time with great friends that I really don’t get to hunt with enough so it was a “10” in my book!

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After we picked up and we were heading in one of my partners realized that it was about 1:30 pm. This meant that we’d never make it back to the check station by the 2 pm cutoff time for refills, if someone wanted to refill our blind. He quickly called the check station and told them we were checking out if anyone wanted the blind. As it turned out, just as we got back to the truck, another truck pulled up and a couple hunters got out to prep their gear for a walk out to the blind we’d just vacated. I would encourage any hunter leaving a blind near the cutoff time to call the SJ check station and let them know, as a courtesy to your fellow hunters. Sometimes it’s hard to get a good refill blind and a little cooperation and consideration might just make someone’s hunt day.

Hopefully our replacements had a great hunt, we know we did. As we drove towards the check station we were already thinking about when we’d return. We’ll have to see how everybody’s calendar works and hopefully get a few more hunts in together this season. Hopefully the reservation gods will be kind and at least one of us will pull another reservation before the season ends. At any rate we’ll be back soon, reservation or not.

 

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/2/15

Hunters were greeted with cold, clear and calm conditions Wednesday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area as the per gun average take of ducks jumped a little over a bird in comparison to Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers were again in first place for number of birds taken and Green Wing Teal retained the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Wednesday, 12/2/15, were as follows:

117 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 131 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 57 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 61 Green Wing Teal, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 10 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 13 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 17 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 5 Coots were also brought in to the check station at San Jacinto on Wednesday. This figured out to a 2.92 average ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, a 2.97 average of waterfowl for each person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 30 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.


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