Archive for December, 2016

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/31/16

The per gun average take of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked up a bit more over Wednesday’s averages under cloudy, rainy conditions.  Shovelers retained first place again for number of birds downed with Gadwalls staying in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/31/16 were as follows:

101 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 81 Northern Shovelers, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Mallards, 61 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 34 Green Wing Teal, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser and 7 Ruddy Ducks. Again, there were no Geese taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. 6 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.78 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots figured in, a 1.83 waterfowl per gun average. No information was provided on how many reservations were claimed.

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

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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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 San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/28/16

Today SoCalHunt finally had a shot at a morning hunt at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  One of my usual hunting partners had drawn a reservation so he, our other hunting partner and myself set up to meet at 0300 to claim our spot. We were hopeful for at least a few chances at some birds today as SJ, so far this season, has been pretty much a morning shoot.

With the recent rainstorm this past Friday night/Saturday morning Davis Rd. was a flooded mess.  Tom Trakes, Boss-man at San Jacinto, recommended earlier the evening before, on a Facebook post, that anyone coming out this morning keep to the center of Davis Rd. and use 4-wheel drive.  Fortunately, my truck is a 4X4.

Tom was entirely correct and we slogged through some muddy conditions driving up Davis Rd., some of the puddles (or lakes, depending on your point of view) were probably 8 to 10 inches deep!  There were a several non-4X4 trucks and other vehicles that made the trek to the check station and, as far as I know, there were no problems, but I’m not sure I would have tried it without 4X4.  It’s up to you if you want to try it.  As they say, pay your money, take your chances.  And it’s supposed to rain pretty good this coming Friday night so conditions will be even worse if you’re thinking about going this weekend. (check the picture I took exiting out Davis Rd. in the afternoon at the end of this report).

Our reservation was a pretty high number but at least it pretty much guarantees a spot for the morning hunt.  We were hoping, somehow, some of the better blinds might still be available when our turn came and when our number was called we decided on a blind that we figured was one of the better out of what was left.  We jumped in the truck and headed out to get set up.  Fortunately, the internal roads on San Jacinto are very well maintained by the SJ staff and are pretty hard packed so there was no trouble driving out on the Wildlife Area’s roads.  (This could change with additional rain though and could require hunters to walk-out to their blinds.  We’ve had to do it at times in the past).

We arrived at our blind and set up and then settled in to wait for start time.  An occasion duck could be seen flying by in the pre-dawn light as we waited for start time, a few even landing in our pond but leaving before the start time horn sounded.

When the start time horn sounded the shooting on the Wildlife Area seemed to slowly start but quickly picked up as the duck began to scatter.  About 6 minutes after start time a hen Green Wing landed in our decoys and my #1 hunting partner nailed her as she took off again.  Our first bird in the bag.

(I’ll call my partners #1 and #2 for clarity)

A short while later a flight of Bufflehead swung low over the pond and we all fired at the little flock.  Two of the little divers tumbled but landed just behind a thin row of tules near the blind.  My #1 partner quickly went to see if he could retrieve the birds, as we didn’t know if they were both down for the count, because they were behind those tules.  As he walked out into the pond, carrying his shotgun in case he had to finish a swimming cripple, two more Bufflehead came in from the opposite direction and partner #1 was the only one in position for a shot.  He fired at the quickly passing birds and hit both with one shot.  One crashed into the water stone dead but the other wasn’t hit hard and sailed a ways before dropping into the pond.  She started swimming and then tried to take off again and went around the end of a row of tules out further in the pond.  Partner #1 went after her but she was nowhere to be seen when he rounded the corner of the tules.  He searched a short time but no luck and then came back to retrieve the one that was confirmed down and then look for the original two we had downed.

When he got to the other side of the tules he was able to find one but the other was missing.  Those Bufflehead are tough little birds and are hard to retrieve if they’re just winged as they go in to diving mode and swim a long way under water.  Hate to lose any bird we’ve dropped but it happens.

The sun was rising higher and we enjoyed the sunrise as we scanned the sky for more ducks.  The recent storm had left a coating of snow on the surrounding mountains with the promise of more with the storm that is predicted for Friday night.

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Not long after this we noticed a DFW Warden driving the roads around the Wildlife Area, obviously checking for any violations he (or she) might observe.  The Warden turned down a dike of a nearby pond and spooked up a pair of Gadwall that had, apparently, been hiding there.  They flew straight towards our blind, right into the rising sun and we all opened up on them when they were in range.  I managed to center the drake in the pattern of my third shot and he crashed into the pond only about 15 yards out.  I collected the nice big bird and added him to the strap thanking the Warden for an assist on this one.

Just after this flurry of shots a Bufflehead popped out of the tules not far from where we had lost one of the earlier cripples.  This bird was obviously winged and my #1 partner was able to quickly hit her with a finishing shot, (although we didn’t know that at the time).  She ducked back into the tules and both my partners went out to look for her, one on each side of the row of tules, in case she popped out on either side again.  As it turned out they found her finished just inside the tules and added her to the strap.  Great that we found one of our earlier cripples.

We set back to wait for more opportunities to present themselves and it wasn’t long before a drake Shoveler landed in the decoys on my #1 partners side.  He had the only shot and was able to make it good, adding a Shoveler to the strap.

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A while later I noticed a beautiful drake Pintail landing in the pond adjacent to ours.  He was well away from any blind and I guess he figured it was a safe spot. Maybe 20 minutes or so later something spooked the Sprig and he flew towards our blind.  When he was in range we all fired and my #2 partner nailed him and he crashed into the pond.  My #1 partner, who was nearest the blind doorway, graciously went out and retrieved the Pintail for him.  The bird was a beautiful mature Pintail with a very long “pin” and was in prime condition.

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After a short while we heard an adjacent blind firing and looked in that direction to observe a pair of Shovelers flying low and coming right at our pond.  When they were in range both my partners fired and the drake folded and splashed into the pond.  The hen appeared to be hit but, sort of, landed at the edge of the pond and tucked into the brush on the side of the dike.  Both of my partners went to retrieve the birds and, of course the drake was no trouble but the hen required a search that lasted nearly 10 minutes but they didn’t give up and found her to include her in the bag.  I don’t know for sure who hit which bird but we credited my #1 partner with the hen and #2 partner with the drake.

Things finally started to slow down some more and about 1 PM we decided to pack it up for the day.  A great hunt, finally, and 9 birds on the strap for the three of us.  Pretty good considering how slow thing have been for us so far this year.  We found out later that the average bag for SJ today was 1.49 ducks per person (which you probably already know if you read today’s hunt results report on the SoCalHunt blog) so we doubled that with a 3.0 average for the three of us.  Apparently, we got lucky and found the “spot” today and, also, between the three of us, we didn’t miss too many, which always helps.

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We checked out and headed for home, very satisfied with the results today.  Hopefully we’ll be back soon for more of the same.  Maybe we’ll see you out there.  Oh, and as promised, below is a picture of Davis Rd. as we left the area today.  Remember it’s supposed to rain Friday night and assuming it does things will be worse than the picture below.  If you’re going this weekend please use your judgement and use caution, it seems even worse in the dark and the road is pretty rough below the surface of the “ponds” on the road.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/28/16

The average bag of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for Wednesday popped back up just a hair (or feather) under half a bird over Saturday’s averages under clear, cool conditions.  Shovelers held on to first place for number of birds checked in with Gadwalls retaining the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/28/16 were as follows:

159 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 123 Northern Shovelers, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 20 Green Wing Teal, 2 Redheads, 9 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser and 10 Ruddy Ducks. Once again, no Geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  There were also 8 Coots brought in to the check station at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.49 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in, a 1.54 waterfowl per person average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 30 came in on time to claim 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

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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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 – 12/21/16, Saturday – 12/24/16 and Sunday – 12/25/16 (No Hunt due to Xmas)

The per hunter average bag of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up nearly a bird and ¾ as compared to Sunday’s usual low averages. Green Wing Teal popped back up in first place for number of ducks harvested with Shovelers holding on to the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/21/16 were as follows:

135 adult hunters and 4 junior hunter checked in 5 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 38 Widgeon, 78 Pintails, 145 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 83 Shovelers, 3 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneyes and 1 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 20 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose and 2 Canada Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.81 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 2.97 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 arrived on time for their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday headed back down some compared to Wednesday’s real good average harvest. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for number of birds taken at Wister with Widgeon showing up in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/24/16 were as follows:

90 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 34 Shovelers, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Gadwall, 42 Widgeon, 47 Green Wing Teal, 9 Mallards, 26 Pintail, 2 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 14 Snow Geese and 4 Canada Geese were downed at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 2.07 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 2.26 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 19 were there on time for their spot.

There was no hunting at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area on Sunday, 12/25/16, due to Christmas falling on this hunt day.

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 – 12/24/16

The average take of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for Saturday took a nose dive, dropping almost a bird and a half, over Wednesday’s good average numbers under rainy skies that changed to clearing conditions later in the day.  Shovelers bumped up to first place for number of birds harvested with Gadwalls sliding into the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/24/16 were as follows:

121 adult and 13 junior hunters bagged 39 Northern Shovelers, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Mallards, 30 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 21 Green Wing Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 12 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead and 8 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were 12 Coots taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.00 ducks per person or, with the Coots figured in, a 1.09 waterfowl per gun average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 28 arrived on time to claim their blind.

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

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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 2016 Annual Bryant Park Toy Drive a Big Success!

A BIG THANKS to all the hunters at San Jacinto who donated toys this year!  The Toy Drive for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s annual Bryant Park Head Start Preschool was a big success and the SJ crew threw a great party for the kids!

Santa came by and handed out the toys to all the preschool’s kids, plus their siblings.  A great time was had by all!  And some great food too!

Again a big thanks to the San Jacinto hunters for their very 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!

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The donated toys (this was from a couple weeks ago, much more came in)

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Santa and the SJ Crew

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Santa and Elf Tom

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Santa giving out the toys!

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Some of the kids with their toys

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/21/16

The average per gun take of waterfowl went up a good bit for San Jacinto Wildlife Area over Saturday’s averages under cloudy and rainy conditions. Green Wing Teal continued in first place for number of birds harvested with Shovelers staying in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/21/16 were as follows:

137 adult and 11 junior hunters bagged 63 Northern Shovelers, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 28 Mallards, 60 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 21 Pintail, 137 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 8 Bufflehead and 8 Ruddy Ducks. There was a single Ross’ Goose downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  Also, 11 Coots were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.33 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots included, a 2.41 waterfowl per hunter average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 30 came in 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

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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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 – 12/14/16, Saturday – 12/17/16 and Sunday – 12/18/16

The average bag of waterfowl for each hunter at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up a little more than one bird compared to Sunday’s expected low average take. Shovelers slid into first position for number of waterfowl bagged Pintails sliding into second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/14/16 were as follows:

106 adult hunters and 3 junior hunter checked in 11 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 41 Pintails, 32 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 61 Shovelers, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 1 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 14 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were included in the count at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.85 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 1.98 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped back down over a bird compared to Wednesday’s average take. Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for number of birds bagged at Wister Pintails remaining in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/17/16 were as follows:

223 adult and 24 junior hunters bagged 21 Shovelers, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 25 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 44 Green Wing Teal, 10 Mallards, 34 Pintail, 4 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks. 16 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  16 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average of 0.77 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 0.90 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 40 were showed up on for their spot.

The average bag of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, surprisingly, ticked back up slightly from Saturday’s low averages. Pintail, Widgeon and Snow Geese all tied for first spot for number of birds bagged on Sunday with Shovelers ending up in second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/18/16 were as follows:

49 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 2 Gadwall, 3 Mallards, 10 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 9 Shovelers, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 10 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were no Coots bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.94 average ducks per gun and, with the Geese included, 1.13 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 10 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 – 12/17/16

The average bag of waterfowl per person headed back up a bit for San Jacinto Wildlife Area compared to Wednesday’s average numbers under clear cold skies. Green Wing Teal swapped places with Shovelers, coming in first for number of birds taken with the Spoonys slipping back to second.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/17/16 were as follows:

160 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 35 Northern Shovelers, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 160 Green Wing Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser and 17 Ruddy Ducks. There was 1 Canada Goose taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. In addition, 24 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.61 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coots figured in, a 1.77 waterfowl per gun average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 36 arrived on time to claim their blind.

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.

There’s one more hunt day, Wednesday 12/21/16, to donate to the toy drive!

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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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 San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/14/16

Today SoCalHunt was back again at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for another refill hunt.  I was hoping the incoming storm, predicted for Thursday, coupled with the freeze up north the last week or so and the full moon, which would allow the birds to migrate during the night, as well as the daylight hours, would push some new birds towards SJ.

Once again the weather report I read was wrong.  They had predicted a mostly cloudy day and it was again obvious when I arrived it would be another day of bright calm skies.

I arrived about 10 am and the refill crowd seemed about usual size for a Wednesday.  I signed onto the list and set back to wait for the morning hunters to check back in.

As usual for this time of year on each visit to SJ, I deposited a toy in the Bryant Park Preschool Toy Drive box.  As I’ve mentioned before 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.  There’s only two more hunt days to donate, this coming Saturday and next Wednesday.  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/

Just like Saturday the hunters that were coming in either had a nice strap of birds or nothing with an occasional single bird checked in also.  Apparently, you were either on the “X” or you weren’t.   I stuck it out a little longer today hoping for one of the better blind but being a little further down the list today it took until noon for an “okay” blind to check in.  I took it and headed out.

I set up and was hunting about 12:45, which gave me just about exactly 4 hours until quitting time.  There was an occasional shot or two in the area but it seemed to be a slower pace than when I was here Saturday.  As I already mentioned it was another calm “bluebird” day with just high wispy clouds instead of the predicted “mostly cloudy”.

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Once again the ducks weren’t flying today and my hoped for new migrants didn’t materialize.  Hopefully they’re still on the way.  About 2:30 I suddenly saw a drake Shoveler swimming in the pond about 80 yards out from the blind.  I didn’t see him drop in so he may have just swam in from the far east end of the pond.  I was hoping he’d continue his westerly route and I could jump him when he came into range but he decided to mill around in the area and stayed about 80 to 100 yards from the blind for nearly two hours.  He finally swam back toward the east end of the pond and never presented a shot.

Other than the Shoveler the only ducks I saw were a small group of what looked to be Teal headed north at about 1000 feet.  Maybe the first of some new migrating bird coming in?  Hopefully, with many more to come in the next few days.  Keep your fingers crossed.

As usual, there were more than ducks to look for at SJ.    There, of course are the ever-present Coots and Redwing Blackbirds and a few Black-necked stilts were feeding in the area.

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Sorry to report again that I didn’t even pick up the shotgun other than to load it when I started and unload it at quitting time.  Hopefully the birds will get to migrating and I’ll have something more to report the next time.  At this point, at least, San Jacinto is a morning game if you’re lucky enough to get a reservation or a low sweat line draw.

But, then there’s the signature San Jacinto’s sunset, which, once again, was worth the price of admission.

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So, until next time, hope to see you out there some time.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/14/16

The per gun average bag of waterfowl dropped quite a bit for San Jacinto Wildlife Area compared to Saturday’s average numbers under mostly clear skies and a little warmer weather conditions. Shovelers climbed into first spot for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal coming in second.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/14/16 were as follows:

117 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 36 Northern Shovelers, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Mallards, 31 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 34 Green Wing Teal, 2 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 10 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 24 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.17 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in, a 1.37 waterfowl per gun average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 24 showed 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.  There’s only two more hunt days to donate, this Saturday and next Wednesday!  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 – 12/7/16, Saturday – 12/10/16 and Sunday – 12/11/16

The per gun average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s usual low average numbers. Widgeon held on to first position for number of waterfowl taken with ended up in second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/7/16 were as follows:

127 adult hunters and 4 junior hunter checked in 17 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 72 Widgeon, 38 Pintails, 38 Green Wing Teal, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 11 Shovelers, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 42 Snow Geese taken at Wister on Wednesday. A lone Coot was checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.82 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot included, 2.15 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped slightly from Wednesday’s fair average numbers. Widgeon, once again, were first place for number of birds checked in at Wister with Snow Geese and shovelers tying for the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/10/16 were as follows:

146 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 42 Shovelers, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 23 Gadwall, 54 Widgeon, 37 Green Wing Teal, 31 Mallards, 40 Pintail, 9 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye and 10 Ruddy Ducks. 42 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  2 Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average of 1.61 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.88 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 29 were showed up on time to claim their spot.

The average bag of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday not unexpectedly slid back down from Saturday’s fair averages. Pintail took over first position for number of birds bagged on Sunday with Widgeon dropping back into the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/11/16 were as follows:

50 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 5 Gadwall, 1 Mallard, 11 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 5 Shovelers, 2 Cinnamon Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 3 Snow Geese downed at Wister on Sunday.  1 Coot was brought into the check station at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.77 average ducks per gun and, with the Geese and Coot included, 0.85 waterfowl per person. 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.

 

2017 California Game Warden Stamp Now Available

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces the 2017 edition of the Warden Stamp is now available.  As we all should know by now the Department of Fish and Game changed its name on January 1st, 2013 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The DFW officially calls their Wardens “Wildlife Officers” now, and it even says so on this year’s stamp, but most hunters and fisherpersons still call them “Wardens” and the DFW is still calling this the “Warden Stamp”.

The new Warden Stamp, for 2017 is now available for purchase in person from any CDFW regional or licensing offices or by filling out and sending in the CDFW Warden Stamp form with a check or credit card info to your closest CDFW office. You may also purchase Warden Stamps via the CDFW online license services (ALDS).

If you’re going to mail in the form, or buy the Warden Stamp in person, the addresses for the DFW offices can be found on the “CDFW regional and licensing offices” link on the Warden Stamp page of the DFW web site at the below link.  There is also a link on that page that says “Online” that links to the ALDS to buy the Warden Stamp online.  Once on the ALDS there is a sub-menu that states “2016 Warden Stamp”.  Click on that and it takes you to the page to purchase the Warden Stamp.  Even though that says “2016 Warden Stamp” if you want the newest version, the 2017 Stamp, it is listed as “2016 – Warden Stamp Decal – 2017 Edition (Internet Sales)”.

Click on the below link to go to the Warden Stamp page to obtain the form, the addresses of the DFW offices or to buy it online:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Warden-Stamp

The Game Warden Stamp isn’t really a “stamp” for your license, such as your federal duck stamp is, although the name might lead you to believe that, but rather it’s a roughly 3” x 3” decal.

The 2017 version of the stamp is a green background with a Warden’s badge and drawing of a sturgeon. (See picture below)

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The DFW still has their entire series of Warden Stamps available.  If you like a prior year’s design better then this year’s, or would like to collect the entire series, they are all still available, from the first one in 2010 up through this year’s stamps.

The 2010 version is a green shield with a Warden’s badge and an elk silhouette on it.  The 2011 version is a light blue background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a trout or salmon on it. The 2012 version has a dark brown background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a California quail on it. The 2013 version has a gold background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a duck landing on it. The 2014 version has a red background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a lobster on it. The 2015 version of the stamp has a wood grain background with a Warden’s badge and the shadow of a bear on it. The 2016 version has a blue background with a Warden’s badge and the silhouettes of two big horn sheep on it. (see pictures below). If you like them all you could buy one, or more, of each if you want to.

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The stamps are $5 each and the funds go into a special account. The money is used to provide our Game Wardens with additional equipment, training and new programs, such as new communications and surveillance devices, protective equipment, training in specialized areas, new law enforcement programs to assist them in their duties.

Due to State budget cuts, non-hunting / fishing politicians feel that the DFW is a “painless” way to cut back on the budget by giving the DFW less to do more with.

Quoting the DFW web site on the Warden stamp:

“The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs.

Wildlife crimes are on the rise and becoming more complex to solve. With approximately 400 wildlife officers in the state patrolling 159,000 square miles of natural habitat, the job is extremely demanding. Officers must perform a number of roles including catching poachers, eradicating illegal marijuana grows, responding to oil spills, providing public safety, educating the public and much more. Every day is a new challenge.

Wildlife officers protect more than 1,000 native fish and wildlife species, 6,300 native plant species and 360 threatened or endangered species. Wildlife officers patrol about 400 square miles of land per officer. Wildlife officers keep watch over 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers.  Wildlife officers patrol on foot, by plane, boat, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and even on horseback. There is approximately one wildlife officer for every 100,000 Californians.”

Now – back to me…

As I’ve said every year that I’ve written about the Warden Stamp, the important point here, in my opinion, is getting the money to the “boots on the ground”.  If your $5 (or more, if you can afford it) results in some equipment, training or what have you that helps catch a poacher in your area the payoff may be more game or more fish for you and yours to legally harvest.  And, the bottom line is, that’s what’s important.  As for the “stamp”, stick it on your truck, ammo box or tackle box, stick it in a drawer, throw it away if you want, do whatever you want with it.  The important thing is to help give our Wardens the tools they need to protect our hunting and fishing heritage.

Now, as I have done every year since 2010, excuse me while I pull up the ALDS on my computer and order this year’s Warden Stamps.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 12/10/16

After a month “off” of hunting due to some unforeseen circumstances (seems to always happen during hunting season) SoCalHunt was back at San Jacinto Wildlife Area to try another refill hunt.  Bird counts have been going up, not astronomically but some, but still headed in the right direction and the weather report was calling for cloudy conditions with even a small chance of rain in the morning. Also, I’d heard there had been a big freeze up north so I was hoping it had driven some bird down to us, finally.  I figured why not, beats not going any time.

Since it was Saturday I left a little earlier then I usually do when going for a refill because I figured the refill list would be a little longer today and I’d better get my name on there ASAP if I was going to get a spot.  While drving to SJ I encountered some fog but it wasn’t long before the fog lifted and before I even arrived it was clear the weather report I read was mistaken and it would be a day of bright calm skies.

When I pulled up to the check station parking lot I was surprised to see only about 10 trucks in the parking lot. When I checked the refill list at the check station I discovered I would be only a short way down from the top.  I signed on and sat down to wait for the waterfowlers out on the wildlife area to start trickling in.

Of course, as I always do this time of year on each visit to SJ, 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/

For some reason, today it seemed like most of the hunters were sticking it out and the ones coming in to give up their blinds did so at a slower rate than usual.  A few came in with some decent straps but it seems like a lot of the ones coming in early had goose…eggs (zero).  After a while one of my “old favorite” blinds checked in, with nothing, but I decided to give it a shot anyway as I have done well in this blind in the past.  So, at 10:30 I headed out to my hunting spot.

I set up the blind set the decoys out and was hunting about 11:30. As I was setting up I could hear occasional shots coming from some of the adjacent ponds so I was optimistic I’d get a crack at a few birds at least.  I settled back and waited…and waited…and…well, you get the idea.  I could still hear a shot or two around the area about ever 15 or 20 minutes but whatever they were shooting at didn’t want to come over to the area I was in.  The skies were a little hazy today, maybe because of the earlier fog, and the only clouds were high wispy cirrus clouds.  The recent colder weather had turned the leaves on some of the trees on the wildlife area to fall colors.

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About 1:20 a lone Green Wing Teal flew by way out in my pond, spotted my decoys, and made a wide turn, coming back right down the middle of my decoy spread about 10 feet off the water.  It was a perfect set up, I couldn’t miss this one…I shouldn’t have missed this one…I missed this one.  I couldn’t believe it!  I don’t know how I messed that one up but I did.  I must have picked up that box of shells that the factory forgot to put shot in.  Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Well, at least I got to fire the shotgun this time.  Better than the last hunt anyway.

So, after that poor performance, I set back to (hopefully) wait for more birds to show. As always there were other visitors to my pond.  Several fellow hunters flew by, hawks, looking for a duck or coot dinner.  A brightly colored Common Yellowthroat was flitting around the tules next to the blind, catching insects, and a large flock that I initially hoped might be a migration of snow geese arriving flew by at probably a thousand feet altitude, but it soon became clear that they were White Pelicans.

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Well, as it turned out the Teal was the only chance I got today at bagging a bird, but it was still a nice day to get out in the marsh and enjoy the scenery.  As the sun slowly set I bid goodbye to another day at SJ vowing to myself to come back out soon and redeem my poor shooting performance.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/10/16

The average waterfowl take for San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked up slightly as compared to Wednesday’s average numbers under more cool, mostly clear, weather conditions. Green Wing Teal retained first position for number of birds taken with Gadwall and Shovelers sharing the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/10/16 were as follows:

127 adult and 19 junior hunters bagged 43 Northern Shovelers, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 19 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 29 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 106 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 4 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead and 22 Ruddy Ducks. Again no Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  In addition 10 Coots were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.06 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, a 2.13 waterfowl per gun average. 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/7/16

The average waterfowl take for San Jacinto Wildlife Area headed back up some as compared to Saturday’s averages under more cool clear weather conditions. Green Wing Teal held on to first spot for number of birds bagged with Widgeon turning up back in second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/7/16 were as follows:

101 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 30 Northern Shovelers, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Mallards, 16 Gadwall, 34 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 52 Green Wing Teal, 6 Redheads, 11 Ring Necks, 9 Bufflehead and 16 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  12 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.99 ducks per person or, with the Coots included, a 2.10 waterfowl per hunter average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 28 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/30/16, Saturday – 12/3/16 and Sunday – 12/4/16

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up nearly a bird in a half as compared to Sunday’s low average take. Widgeon kept the first position for number of waterfowl taken with Gadwalls and Green Wing Teal ending up in a tie for second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/30/16 were as follows:

101 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in 4 Mallards, 17 Gadwall, 51 Widgeon, 3 Pintails, 17 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Shovelers, 3 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 16 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.25 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 1.43 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday continued upward from Wednesday’s decent averages. Widgeon again were the number one bird checked in at Wister with Snow Geese sliding into second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/3/16 were as follows:

180 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 31 Shovelers, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 52 Gadwall, 177 Widgeon, 37 Green Wing Teal, 18 Mallards, 15 Pintail, 4 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers and 6 Ruddy Ducks. 73 Snow Geese and a single Canada Goose were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 1.90 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 2.28 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 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 quite a bit from Saturday’s good average numbers. Snow Geese took over the first position for number of birds checked in on Sunday with Widgeon falling back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/4/16 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters bagged 3 Green Wing Teal, 5 Gadwall, 2 Mallards, 13 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 5 Shovelers, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Wood Duck and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  There were 16 Snow Geese and 1 Canada Goose harvested at Wister on Sunday.  Again, no Coots were taken at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.55 average ducks per hunter and, with the Geese added in, 0.81 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 21 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.

San Jacinto Junior Hunt – Info Correction to Apply

The link in my prior post that takes you to the DFW Special Hunts page to apply for a Junior Hunt reservation is a mistake. The way to apply for a reservation for the Junior hunt is to go on the regular waterfowl reservation system and apply for a reservation for the Feb. 4th Junior hunt. According to Tom if the applicant’s DOB shows that they’re a Junior hunter then the system will give them the option to apply for a reservation for Feb 4th.

Link for the “regular” reservation system (which we probably all know anyway already)…

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

…sorry for any confusion.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/3/16

The average waterfowl take for San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked down some more as compared to Wednesday’s average numbers in windy conditions under cool clear skies. Green Wing Teal retained first spot for number of birds checked in with Shovelers keeping the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/3/16 were as follows:

134 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 35 Northern Shovelers, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 11 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 17 Widgeon, 41 Green Wing Teal, 3 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 6 Bufflehead 1 Goldeneye and 14 Ruddy Ducks. A single Aleutian Goose was harvested at San Jacinto on Saturday.  5 Coots were also bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.17 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots added in, a 1.22 waterfowl per gun average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time for their hunting 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.

 

San Jacinto Wildlife Area Announces the 23rd Annual Junior Hunt Event

Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area advised that their 23rd Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt has been set for the Wildlife Area. The date for the hunt is Saturday, February 4th, 2017. This is a great event and provides our junior hunters an opportunity for some great waterfowl hunting after the regular season closes. This year’s hunt will honor our Military Men and Women. There is a wonderful pancake breakfast provided by the San Jacinto Staff and volunteers prior to the hunt and a nice lunch after the hunt with a bunch of raffle prizes for the Junior Hunters.  Juniors can apply for the hunt by going to the DFW reservation system at:

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

…to apply for a reservation for the Junior hunt on the regular waterfowl reservation system for a reservation for the Feb. 4th Junior hunt.  If the applicant’s DOB shows that they’re a Junior hunter then the system will give them the option to apply for a reservation for Feb 4th.

Last year there were new DFW regulations put in place regarding donations for the Junior Hunt (details here: https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/ ). These rules are still in effect for this year.  Anyone who would like to donate prizes for the raffle or money towards prizes / food needs to have their donation(s) “on the books”, so to speak, by January 15th by following the procedure laid out in the above link.  This is a great cause so don’t let a little paperwork dissuade you from donating, it really isn’t all that hard.

Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga is assisting again this year by giving hunters a chance to win one of five exclusive wildlife canvas prints by BBC nominated photographer David Salem.

( http://www.davidsalemphotography.com )

You can go to or contact Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga for details on the print raffle.

If you’d like to volunteer to assist at the breakfast and/or lunch, or need any further info on the DFW approved method to donate this year, you should contact Tom Trakes at (951)-236-3020.

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