Archive for November, 2016

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/30/16

The per gun average take of waterfowl for San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid back down some as compared to Saturday’s average numbers under cool clear skies. Green Wing Teal held fast to first position for number of birds bagged with Shovelers climbing into the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/30/16 were as follows:

129 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 24 Northern Shovelers, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 50 Green Wing Teal, 13 Redheads, 12 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 11 Bufflehead and 13 Ruddy Ducks. Once again there were no Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  26 Coots were also brought in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.25 ducks per person or, with the Coots included, 1.44 waterfowl per person. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 26 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 –

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/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, regarding donations for this great event are in effect again this year.  It’s a great cause to donate to as the Junior Hunters are the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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, Wednesday – 11/23/16, Saturday – 11/26/16 and Sunday – 11/27/16

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose into fair territory as compared to Sunday’s sub one average. Widgeon remained in first place for number of waterfowl taken with Gadwalls and Snow Geese in a tie for second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/23/16 were as follows:

97 adult and 14 junior hunters checked in 12 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 63 Widgeon, 11 Green Wing Teal, 10 Pintail, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Shovelers, 2 Canvasbacks, 6 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  28 Snow Geese, 1 Cackling Goose and 1 White Front Goose were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. 9 Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.40 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.75 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 25 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The duck take average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slipped back slightly from Wednesday’s fair averages. Widgeon held on to first place for number of birds checked in Green Wing Teal pulling up into second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/26/16 were as follows:

176 adult and 24 junior hunters bagged 4 Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 27 Gadwall, 60 Widgeon, 50 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 15 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 12 Ring Necks. 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 21 Snow Geese, 2 Ross’ Geese and a lone Cackling Goose were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  A single Coot was checked in at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 0.97 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added, 1.10 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 were turned in on time to claim their spot.

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday slid back a bit more from Saturday’s averages. Widgeon retained the first position for number of birds harvested on Sunday with Gadwalls sliding into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/27/16 were as follows:

58 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 5 Green Wing Teal, 12 Gadwall, 1 Mallard, 14 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 2 Shovelers and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  8 Snow Geese were brought into the check station at Wister on Sunday.  There were 2 Coots taken at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.60 average ducks per hunter and, with the Snow Geese and Coots added in, 0.75 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 15 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.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/26/16

The waterfowl average take for San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked back up a little as compared to Wednesday’s averages under cold temperatures and a building rainstorm. Green Wing Teal held on to the first position for number of ducks taken with Widgeon holding on to second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/26/16 were as follows:

101 adult and 11 junior hunters bagged 19 Northern Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 22 Mallards, 17 Gadwall, 37 Widgeon, 57 Green Wing Teal, 10 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 2 Scaup, 11 Bufflehead and 16 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  In addition 9 Coots were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.82 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.90 waterfowl per person. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 33 showed up on time for 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 –

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/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, regarding donations for this great event are in effect again this year.  It’s a great cause to donate to as the Junior Hunters are the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/23/16

The average waterfowl bag for San Jacinto Wildlife Area slipped back down over a full bird as compared to Saturday’s decent averages under continuing mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Green Wing Teal retained the first position for number of ducks taken, but just barely, staying only a bird ahead of both Widgeon and Ruddy Ducks which tied for second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/23/16 were as follows

155 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 15 Northern Shovelers, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 35 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 36 Green Wing Teal, 5 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 9 Ring Necks, 11 Scaup, 20 Bufflehead and 35 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  35 Coots were brought into the check station on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.28 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.48 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 52 reservation cards issued 32 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 –

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/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, regarding donations for this great event are in effect again this year.  It’s a great cause to donate to as the Junior Hunters are the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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, Wednesday – 11/16/16, Saturday – 11/19/16 and Sunday – 11/20/16

The waterfowl bag average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday kicked up a slight amount from last Sunday’s record low numbers. Snow Geese climbed into first place for number of birds taken with Widgeon taking over the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/16/16 were as follows:

81 adult and 0 junior hunters checked in 6 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 6 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards, 7 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  18 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were taken at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were checked in on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.54 ducks per gun or, with no Geese added in, 0.78 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 23 arrived up on time for their spot.

The duck take average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday rose just a hair from Wednesday’s still low average. Widgeon swapped places with Snow Geese, taking over first place for number of birds bagged relegating the Snows to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/19/16 were as follows:

118 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 4 Shovelers, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Gadwall, 29 Widgeon, 15 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 7 Pintail, 4 Redheads, 1 Scaup and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also 20 Snow Geese and a single Cackling Goose brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was also included in the count at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 0.66 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot added, 0.84 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 24 hunting parties came in on time to claim their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday ticked up just a bit from Saturday’s fairy low numbers. Widgeon stayed in first place for number of birds bagged on Sunday with Snow Geese retaining the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/20/16 were as follows:

37 adult hunters and 1 junior hunters bagged 4 Green Wing Teal, 5 Gadwall, 3 Mallards, 14 Widgeon, 2 Pintail and 1 Merganser.  7 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Sunday.  There were no Coots bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.76 average ducks per hunter and, with the Snow Geese included, 0.95 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 9 showed 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 – 11/19/16

The waterfowl average take for San Jacinto Wildlife Area shot back up into decent territory compared to Wednesday’s low average numbers under mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Green Wing Teal came in way out in front to take the first position for number of ducks taken with Widgeon retaining a distant second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/19/16 were as follows:

117 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 10 Northern Shovelers, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Mallards, 17 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 182 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Canvasbacks, 7 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 11 Ruddy Ducks. Again, there were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were also 8 Coots brought into the check station on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.33 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, 2.39 waterfowl per person. Out of the 52 reservation cards issued 20 hunting parties showed up 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 –

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/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, regarding donations for this great event are in effect again this year.  It’s a great cause to donate to as the Junior Hunters are the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/16/16

The duck bag average for San Jacinto Wildlife Area rose just slightly as compared to Saturday’s averages under partly cloudy and slightly cooler conditions. Green Wing Teal kept the first position for number of ducks taken with Widgeon holding on to second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/16/16 were as follows:

98 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 10 Northern Shovelers, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 2 Pintails, 36 Green Wing Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 22 Bufflehead and 10 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  A single Coot was taken on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.33 ducks per gun or, with the lone Coot added, 1.34 waterfowl per hunter. No info was provided today as to how many of 52 reservation cards showed up 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 –

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/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, regarding donations for this great event are in effect again this year.  It’s a great cause to donate to as the Junior Hunters are the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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, Wednesday – 11/9/16, Saturday – 11/12/16 and Sunday – 11/13/16

The waterfowl numbers for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose a bit from last Sunday’s extremely low numbers. Pintail and Green Wing Teal tied for first place for number of birds checked in and Shovelers were found in the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/9/16 were as follows:

64 adult and 0 junior hunter checked in 9 Northern Shovelers, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 12 Green Wing Teal, 1 Mallard, 12 Pintail, 3 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  There were no Geese or Coots bagged at Wister on Wednesday. This figured out to an average bag of 0.83 ducks per hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots checked in, 0.83 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 19 showed up on time for their spot.

The duck averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped again from Wednesday’s fairly low numbers. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place for number of ducks taken with Ruddy Ducks taking over second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/12/16 were as follows:

142 adult and 24 junior hunters bagged 5 Shovelers, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 18 Green Wing Teal, 13 Mallards, 15 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 9 Bufflehead, 2 Mergansers and 16 Ruddy Ducks.  In addition 10 Snow Geese and 1 Cackling Goose were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  4 Coots were also included in the bag at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average of 0.67 ducks per hunter and, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.76 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 hunters arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday took another nosedive from Saturday’s poor numbers to again produce the lowest average so far this season. Green Wing Teal took first place again for number of ducks taken on Sunday with Cinnamon Teal, Blue Wing Teal and Snow Geese (or Goose) tying for the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/13/16 were as follows:

48 adult hunters and 6 junior hunters bagged 3 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  There was a lone Snow Goose bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were no Coots reported to the check station on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.09 average ducks per gun and, with the Snow Goose added in, 0.11 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 14 showed 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 – 11/12/16

The duck average for San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid back again compared to Wednesday’s numbers under continuing ‘blue bird” conditions. Green Wing Teal retained first place for the number of ducks bagged with Widgeon sliding back into the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/12/16 were as follows:

119 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 23 Northern Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Mallards, 11 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 2 Pintails, 40 Green Wing Teal, 6 Redheads, 13 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 12 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Merganser and 1 Ruddy Duck. In addition there were 3 Aleutian Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Saturday. 14 Coots were also brought in to the check station on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.17 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included in, 1.29 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 24 checked in on time reservation.

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/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, regarding donations for this great event are in effect again this year.  It’s a great cause to donate to as the Junior Hunters are the future of our sport so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 SJ Hunting Report 11/9/16

Today SoCalHunt headed back to San Jacinto Wildlife Area for solo afternoon refill hunt.  If you’ve read the recent SoCalHunt hunt results for San Jacinto, as well as their sister refuge to the south, Wister, you know things have been slow but I decided it’s always worth going because, being an optimist, well ya never know.

As I approached the check station just after 10 am there were several trucks in the parking lot so I was wondering how long the refill list would be. When I walked up to the check station I discovered the refill list was the shortest I’ve ever seen and there were already several decent blinds available for refill.  So, no waiting today, I picked one of my old favorites and headed out to hunt.  While I was at the check station I deposited a toy in the Bryant Park Preschool Toy Drive box.  This is a great cause and a great community service the SJ Staff takes on every year.  I encourage all San Jacinto hunters to bring a toy to donate every time they come out.  Details of the toy drive can be found here…

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins/

I got to my blind, which was an island blind and as I waded out to it five Canada Geese took flight from a field right next to the pond, about 100 yards from me.  Since I was just wading out to the blind I still had the shotgun in the case, which really didn’t matter as they never got close enough for a shot, but I also didn’t have the camera out.  Too bad I probably could have gotten a pretty good picture at least.  I thought maybe that was a good sign for things to come.

Once I got out to the blind I set up and placed a few decoys and settled in to wait for a duck to show.  The wind was blowing about 20 plus and I was optimistic as windy conditions usually bodes good for hunting as SJ.

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And there I sat.  There were a few birds flying but they didn’t have webbed feet.  Egrets, hawks, red wing blackbirds, ibis and several others flew by at various distances but no waterfowl were to be seen amongst them.

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The wind had cleared the sky and I could clearly see details on Mount San Gorgonio between the trees surrounding the pond.  Later in the afternoon the moon rose from the east and was prominent in the sky.

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There was an occasional shot from some of the surrounding ponds but probably not more than you could count on both hands the entire time I was there.  After one shot from the adjacent pond I caught a glimpse of a duck, just over the tree tops, but it didn’t venture into my pond and exited to the south.

So that was the highlight of the hunt, as far as ducks were concerned.  As the clock counted down to quitting time the sun set behind the hills and I picked up and headed home.

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Well, no birds today and no shots fired.  I only touched the shotgun twice today, once to take it out of the case and once to put it back in the case.  Oh well, thats how it goes sometimes, especially early in the season.  It was still nice to get out in the marsh and I had a much greater chance to harvest a duck at SJ then sitting at home on the couch.

Hopefully the ducks will migrate soon and we’ll have some ducks available to us to fill our straps.  Hope to see you out at San Jacinto soon.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Bryant Park Preschool Toy Drive Begins

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 21st , with the San Jacinto Staff, along with Santa, delivering them on the 23rd .  These donations don’t need to go through the 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!

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/9/16

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s duck count slid back slightly over Saturday’s bag under continuing warm, nearly cloudless skies. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place for the number of ducks taken with Shovelers retaining the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/9/16 were as follows:

112 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 18 Northern Shovelers, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 44 Green Wing Teal, 6 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 17 Ring Necks, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers and 8 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 6 Aleutian Geese taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. In addition 5 coots were checked in on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.22 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.31 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 27 arrived on time for 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 –

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, Wednesday – 11/2/16, Saturday – 11/5/16 and Sunday – 11/6/16

The waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday ticked back up slightly from last Sunday’s extremely low bag. Widgeon climbed into first place for number of ducks shot with Gadwalls, Pintails, Green Wing Teal and Redheads all tying for second with identical numbers.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/2/16 were as follows:

72 adults and 1 junior hunter checked in 5 Northern Shovelers, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 7 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards, 7 Pintail, 7 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  There were no Geese or Coots reported to the check station at Wister on Wednesday. This worked out to an average take of 0.95 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to include, 0.95 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 24 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl count for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday headed back down from Wednesday’s already low numbers. Gadwall, Widgeon and Goldeneyes all came in with identical numbers to tie for first place for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal coming in second (or fourth place really I guess). The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/5/16 were as follows:

101 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 8 Cinnamon Teal, 11 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 9 Green Wing Teal, 2 Mallards, 5 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, and 11 Goldeneyes.  There were 2 Snow Geese harvested at Wister on Saturday.  Again, no Coots were shot at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 0.58 ducks per hunter and, with the Geese included, 0.59 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 hunters showed up on time to claim their reservation.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday continued its downward spiral from Saturday’s very low numbers to record the lowest average so far this season. Green Wing Teal and Pintails tied for first place for number of ducks bagged on Sunday with Cinnamon Teal, Goldeneyes and Canada Geese (or Goose actually) tying for the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/6/16 were as follows:

25 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 2 Green Wing Teal, 2 Pintails, 1 Cinnamon Teal and 1 Goldeneye.  There was a single Canada Goose checked in at Wister on Sunday.  Once again no Coots were reported to the check station on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.22 average ducks per hunter and, with the Canada Goose factored in, 0.26 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 7 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.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/5/16

The duck bag at San Jacinto Wildlife Area continued to improve slightly over Wednesday’s take under continuing warm clear skies.  Green Wing Teal retained first place for the number of birds taken by a wide margin.  Widgeon held on to the second position but shared it with Shovelers with identical bag numbers.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/5/16 were as follows:

132 adult and 11 junior hunters bagged 25 Northern Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Mallards, 8 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 135 Green Wing Teal, 6 Redheads, 12 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead and 14 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Saturday. There were also 6 coots checked in on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.77 ducks per person or, with the Coots added in, 1.81 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 29 presented themselves on time for 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 –

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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/2/16

The waterfowl count at San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked back up somewhat from Saturday’s poor take under warm clear skies. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the number of birds taken with Widgeon taking over the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/2/16 were as follows:

108 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 17 Northern Shovelers, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 58 Green Wing Teal, 6 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 8 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead and 14 Ruddy Ducks. Once again there were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 9 coots were also brought in to the check station on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.42 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.50 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 32 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 –

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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