Archive for October, 2016

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/26/16, Saturday – 10/29/16 and Sunday – 10/30/16

The numbers of waterfowl taken on the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday dropped off quite a bit more from last Sunday’s averages. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for number of ducks taken with Widgeon taking over second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/26/16 were as follows:

106 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 2 Northern Shovelers, 39 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Gadwall, 40 Widgeon, 47 Green Wing Teal, 13 Mallards, 29 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  In addition there was a lone White Front Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were reported checked in on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.69 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose included, 1.70 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl count for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday continued downward from Wednesday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal kept first place for number of birds taken with Cinnamon Teal sliding into the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/29/16 were as follows:

145 adult and 23 junior hunters bagged 3 Northern Shovelers, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 41 Green Wing Teal, 7 Mallards, 4 Pintail, 6 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, and 18 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese or Coots checked in at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to a per hunter average of 0.83 ducks and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to include, 0.83 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 39 hunters showed up on time to claim their reservation.

The waterfowl bag numbers for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday plummeted from Saturday’s already low numbers into dismal territory. Green Wing Teal kept first place for number of ducks bagged with Pintails taking over second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/30/16 were as follows:

59 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 2 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 5 Green Wing Teal, 1 Mallard, 3 Pintails 1 Redhead and 1 Ruddy Duck.  Once again no Geese were shot at Wister on Sunday. Also there were no Coots brought in to the check station on Sunday.  This worked out to a 0.25 duck per hunter average and, of course with no Geese or Coots to include, 0.25 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 18 arrived 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.

 

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/29/16

The duck numbers for San Jacinto Wildlife Area took a nosedive from Wednesday’s fair totals under warm temperatures and broken clouds. Green Wing Teal remained in first place for the number of birds taken with Ruddy Ducks sliding into second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/29/16 were as follows:

152 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 19 Northern Shovelers, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 57 Green Wing Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 12 Ring Necks, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 3 Bufflehead and 35 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese  were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. 33 coots were also bagged on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 0.99 ducks per hunter or 1.19 waterfowl with the coots added in. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 33 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

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 arrival 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 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.  As in past seasons 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 San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

 

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 10/26/16

SoCalHunt was back at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for the second day of hunting from the 2016/17 season.  Once again we’d had some luck and one of my hunting partners had a pretty fair reservation drawing for the first Wednesday of the season!  (For clarification below I’ll call this hunting partner “A” and my other hunting partner “B” today).

Once again my other hunting partner “B” couldn’t get out of work but, since he works close to SJ, he decided to join us anyway and see if he could get a crack at the ducks before he had to leave at 7 am.

Once we got up to the check station desk we picked our blind and then headed out to get ready for the morning flight of ducks.  We set up our blind and set our decoys and then set back to wait for another great day of duck hunting.

There was a light ground fog this morning and it seemed to thicken and then thin off and on as the glow of the sun began to show the sky behind Mount San Jacinto.  As the sunlight grew it revealed to us one of the more spectacular sunrises we have had then privilege to experience at San Jacinto.  The sunrise was truly magnificent today.

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As 6:33 rolled around the start time horn blew indicating to all hunters on the wildlife that it was legal shoot time.  Again the assembled hunters immediately began targeting their winged prey.  Once again we had a few duck come within range almost right away and again missed a couple of the first few.  There were less coots in this area and it was easier to pick out the ducks then on opening day when the coots were thick as fleas.

Not long after start time a cinnamon teal rocketed by and partner “A” folded the little rocket which dropped right at the end of the walkway to our blind.  The little drake was placed on the duck strap to start our day.

A couple more birds passed by with our shot strings passing them to the right, left or rear (in other words we missed them).  Shortly a nice drake shoveler came in right above our blind.  Myself and partner “B” fired at the bird yet it kept going.  Partner “A” then took a final shot at the bird and it dropped way out into the pond.  As it hit the water it started to swim but, as luck would have it, it decided to swim right towards our blind and partner “A” finished it with a shot on the water when it got close enough.

At this point partner “B”s time was up and he packed his gear and headed off to work.  No ducks for him this time but the season is young, he’ll have more chances.

Birds continued to fly in our area, however many of them flew by out of range.  A shoveler hen then appeared over our blind and, as I had made a habit of today, I missed and partner “A” nailed it.  In short succession we duplicated this event with a little hen cinnamon teal.  The bird count was now 4 for partner “A” and zippo for me.

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Things began to slow as the sun rose higher in the sky and about 10 am the flights of ducks almost completely stopped and we decided to call it a day.

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So we picked up our decoys, packed our gear, cleaned up around the blind and walked out towards our truck.  4 ducks in the bag for partner “A” and a goose…egg for me.  Oh well, the sunrise was well worth the price of admission today.  There will be more days this season for me to improve my shooting and (hopefully) collect a few tasty waterfowl.

Today, as far as hunting went, it just wasn’t my day, at least for collecting any ducks for the table.  It’s always nice to bring some home though and that will be my goal for the next trip.  Hope to see you out at San Jacinto some time.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/26/16

The bird count for San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped from the relatively good numbers from opening day under slightly cooler, but still pretty warm, calm conditions. Green Wing Teal captured first place for the number of birds taken today with Cinnamon Teal retaining second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/26/16 were as follows:

153 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 59 Northern Shovelers, 77 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 84 Green Wing Teal, 10 Mallards, 2 Pintail, 20 Redheads, 24 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup (oops!), 1 Wood Ducks and 29 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also 2 unspecified type ducks reflected in the count.  A lone Cackling Goose was harvested at San Jacinto today. In addition there were 44 coots bagged on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 2.24 ducks per gun or 2.52 waterfowl with the goose and coots included. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 39 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

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 arrival 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 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.  As in past seasons 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 San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 10/23/16 – (Plus a Correction for Saturday’s Info)

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped off considerably from Saturday’s season opener’s excellent totals. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal keeping in the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/23/16 were as follows:

176 adult and 22 junior hunters bagged 11 Northern Shovelers, 56 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 127 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards, 22 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 17 coots included in the total on Sunday.  This resulted in a per hunter average of 1.21 ducks and, with the coots included, 1.29 waterfowl. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 43 hunting parties arrived on time to claim their spots.

CORRECTION FOR SATURDAY’S COUNT

Probably due to the same “glitch” that delayed the Sunday bird count numbers there was a correction in Saturday’s bird totals.  On Saturday there were also 9 White Front Geese taken that day.  This resulted in the per gun average for Saturday remaining at 5.62 ducks per hunter but changed the overall waterfowl  average per hunter to 5.70 with the Geese and Coots included.

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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/22/16

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for opening day was outstanding as many hunters harvested limits, with teal, by far, being the most numerous duck bagged. Green Wing Teal were far out in the lead for number of birds taken with Cinnamon Teal taking second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/22/16 were as follows:

326 adult and 47 junior hunters bagged 90 Northern Shovelers, 630 Cinnamon Teal, 55 Gadwall, 45 Widgeon, 767 Green Wing Teal, 230 Mallards, 215 Pintail, 27 Redheads, 13 Ring Necks, 15 Blue Wing Teal and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 21 coots were taken on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 5.62 ducks per hunter or, with the coots included, 5.68 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 72 showed up on time for their spot.

As of this posting I have not received the waterfowl count for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday.  It usually comes along with the Saturday bird count but form some reason, probably a computer glitch (?) the only thing that showed for Sunday was the number of hunters but no waterfowl take was listed.  I’ll report Sunday’s results when I receive them in a separate post.

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 – 10/22/16

San Jacinto Wildlife Area hunters experienced a great waterfowl opener with a high bird take average for opening day under hot, clear and calm skies. Shovelers were the number one bird bagged today and Cinnamon Teal took second place on this opener.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/23/16 were as follows:

197 adult and 34 junior hunters bagged 262 Northern Shovelers, 205 Cinnamon Teal, 24 Gadwall, 29 Widgeon, 174 Green Wing Teal, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 35 Mallards, 7 Pintail, 10 Redhead, 55 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, 3 Wood Ducks and 23 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no geese taken on the wildlife area Saturday.  There were also 52 coots checked in on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 3.59 ducks for each hunter or 3.82 waterfowl with the coots included. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 46 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 arrival 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 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.  As in past seasons 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 San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.


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