Volunteer Work Party / Blind Brush Up at San Jacinto Wildlife Area a Huge Success!

This past Saturday, 7/30/16, around 40 volunteers, made up of hunters that utilize San Jacinto Wildlife Area, assembled at the SJ Check Station parking lot at 6:30 am to assist the staff in getting the wildlife area ready for the upcoming 2016/17 waterfowl season.  The volunteers were divided into groups and dispersed throughout the Wildlife Area to take on their assignments.

Volunteers Assembling

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With the large turnout several tasks were accomplished on Saturday morning.  The volunteers brushed up some blinds, cleaned water control structures, set up some new blinds and also set up the area’s 30-acre alfalfa field with sprinklers.

Some of the volunteers hard at work

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“Playing” in the sprinklers (might have been the best assignment for a hot day, LOL)

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New blind at F-2 being brushed

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F-2 Ready to shoot (except for the water, LOL)

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Flooding of the area has already begun on some of the ponds and there are already a lot of ducks utilizing the area.

After the work party, many of the volunteers met at Casa Mexicana Restaurant for a well-deserved, and tasty, lunch break.

Some of the volunteers chowing-down

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Much was accomplished on this work party with a great turnout of volunteers from the hunting community.  This work will help San Jacinto put on another successful waterfowl season for we Southern California hunters.   As of this writing another work party day at San Jacinto is going to be scheduled, probably for late August.  Check back with SoCalHunt often for that announcement, and, of course, I’ll get a blog post out on that as soon as the date is set.

For information on the upcoming blind brush up day, or to donate more pam fronds (they can always use them), at San Jacinto Wildlife Area you can call the refuge office at 951-928-0580 or Tom Trakes 951-236-3040.

Tom told me, (regarding all the volunteers), “I can’t express how much we appreciate everyone’s help you all are awesome.”

I would also like to extend my personal thanks to all the volunteers that came out and worked so hard.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend and I am thankful for the great turnout for picking up my “slack”.  I truly appreciate the work that the volunteers do and I know the San Jacinto staff appreciates it also.


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