San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2016 / 2017 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2016 / 2017 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

3571 adult and 349 junior hunters (3920 hunters total) harvested a total of 1437 Northern Shovelers, 275 Mallards, 677 Gadwall, 440 Widgeon, 116 Pintail, 1847 Green Wing Teal, 610 Cinnamon Teal, 120 Redheads, 24 Canvasbacks, 237 Ring Necks, 43 Scaup, 228 Bufflehead, 12 Goldeneye, 4 Wood Ducks, 5 Blue Wing Teal, 12 Mergansers, and 433 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 10 Aleutian Geese, 1 Cackling Goose, 4 Canada Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose taken at SJ this season. 483 Coots were also taken for the 2016 / 2017 season. This worked out to a total of 6538 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 7021 waterfowl. The per gun average take for 2016 / 2017 season came out to 1.67 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.79 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 355 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 14 fewer junior hunters for a total of 369 fewer hunters accommodated in 2016 / 2017 season compared to the 2015 / 2016 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were -1367 Northern Shovelers, +107 Mallards, -82 Gadwall, -36 Widgeon, -90 Pintail, -652 Green Wing Teal, -412 Cinnamon Teal, +34 Redheads, -3 Canvasbacks, -158 Ring Necks, +25 Scaup, -21 Bufflehead, -1 Goldeneye, +3 Wood Ducks, -4 Blue Wing Teal, +5 Mergansers, and -98 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers, there were +5 Aleutian Geese, +1 Cackling Goose (0 last season), -5 Canada Geese, +1 Ross’ Goose, and -1 White Front Goose (0 this season).

There were also +80 Coots taken this season. This was a total of -2747 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -2667 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.49 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.47 waterfowl this season over last season.

Obviously, this shows a drop in almost every category, with the bag of most birds down, some Substantially, and fewer hunters this season also.  I know some of the difference in the hunter numbers was probably due to access issues on Davis Road this last month but the trend was still down slightly if you remove that problem from the equation.   Hopefully, with Mystic Lake returning in the last few weeks and maybe (fingers crossed) a few more storms to finish filling it in the next couple months, the number will bounce back for the 2017 / 2018 season.


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