Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/9/16

Cloudy skies, threatening rain, greeted hunters at San Jacinto Wildlife Area on Saturday. The per person average bag took a nosedive compared Wednesday’s numbers. This may have been a result of a lot of standing water in the surrounding areas, due to the recent storms, distributing the birds further and wider then normal. Shovelers held on to first place again for number of birds taken with Ruddy Ducks taking over a very distant second place. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl numbers for Saturday, 1/9/16, were as follows:

153 adult and 12 junior hunters checked in with 80 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 2 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 6 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 5 Bufflehead and 14 Ruddy Ducks. There were 3 Canada Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Saturday. There were 2 Coots bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. The average take per hunter came out to 0.70 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, a 0.73 average for each gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 29 arrived on time to claim their spot.

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 –

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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