Archive for April, 2017

San Jacinto Wildlife Area – Free Hunter Education Course Offered, Saturday, June 3rd

San Jacinto Wildlife Area will be hosting a free state mandated Hunter’s Education course on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.  If you want to get a hunting license this is the class you need to take to get your license.

Tom Trakes, of San Jacinto Wildlife Area, advised that the students should assemble at the SJ check station at 6:30 am with the course beginning promptly at 7 am.

The class is free to all, no tuition or materials fee. Students must read the Hunter Education manual prior to attending this class. Tom told me that the weather at San Jacinto in June is usually quite warm and suggested that everyone attending would probably want to bring a good supply of bottled water.

At noon there will be a sandwich and chips lunch. Contributions for lunch will be accepted in the morning from which the SJ staff will buy sandwiches and chips. If anyone would like to bring something to go with sandwiches they are welcome to.

The class should last until about 4:00 pm and everyone successfully completing the course can then head out to their local DFW license agent (aka: sporting goods store, Walmart, etc.) and buy their hunting license.

Every person who wishes to take this course must pre-register for the class. Before registering the student must obtain a GO ID and DOC number and sign a release of liability waiver. To do this, go to:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunter-Education/Pre-registration

…and follow the instructions on pre-registering.

Direction to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area:

From the 215 South freeway:

-Exit Ramona Expressway going east towards Lake Perris, go 7 miles to Davis road, turn left and go up Davis road 2 miles to the Wildlife Headquarters office.

From the 79:

-Exit Ramona Expressway going west towards Lake Perris, go to Davis road, turn right and go up Davis road 2 miles to the Wildlife Headquarters office.

Any questions regarding this free Hunter’s Education course should call Tom Trakes at 951-236-3040 or for questions regarding registering for the course call Shane Reed at (951) 543-5180.

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San Jacinto Wildlife Area Blind Clean-up Day Set for May 13th, 2017

San Jacinto Wildlife Area Staff would like to invite hunters to participate in a Volunteer Clean Up Day of the Wildlife Area on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.  Now that Davis Road has been repaired to the point where any vehicle can make it to the check station, the usual meeting place, volunteers are to gather there at 6 AM.

Work will be assigned at the start of the morning.  Afterwards we will meet at noon at Geroge’s Pizza, 2920 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, for a well-deserved lunch.  (Everyone responsible for their own check).

Please be prepared for the following:

Trash removal from hunt sites

General clean up of hunt areas

Bring work gloves, sturdy boots, mud boots, covered shoes, waders (some ponds are still holding water)

Be sure to bring plenty of bottled water as the weather may be warm. Also, you might want to bring some mosquito repellant.

Direction to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area:

From the 215 South freeway:

-Exit Ramona Expressway going east towards Lake Perris, go 7 miles to Davis road, turn left and go up Davis road 2 miles to the Wildlife Headquarters office.

From the 79:

-Exit Ramona Expressway going west towards Lake Perris, go to Davis road, turn right and go up Davis road 2 miles to the Wildlife Headquarters office.

Questions?  Contact Tom Trakes (951) 236-3040.

Davis Road – Update on Repairs, Part 3 – Some Good News!

I spoke with Tom Trakes of San Jacinto Wildlife Area again this evening about repairs on Davis Road.  If you’re reading this you probably already have seen SoCalHunt’s last two reports on Davis Road. (In case you missed those reports are at the links below…)

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/davis-road-repairs-started-results-disappointing-so-far-action-needed/

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/davis-road-update-on-repairs-so-far/

Well…check this out…

Yup…that’s Riverside Department of Transportation working on Davis Road.  Tom tells me that they have been working on most of this past week.  They have apparently have also brought in decomposed gravel to try to build up and stabilize the road.

Tom did tell me that even though they have been working on it this past week there is still going to be a lot of work to do to get the road in the shape that it should be in.  Time will tell if they will actually do all the work necessary to really fix Davis Road so we don’t have a repeat of this past season’s problems if we get major rains again.

Tom did say that he feels that people calling and writing the Riverside DOT and their state and local representatives helped get the ball rolling and he (and I) thank all that pitched in on that effort.

If you’d like to continue to encourage the Riverside DOT on their repairs of Davis Road the phone number is 951-955-6899.

Tom told me that the dates for the volunteer Blind Clean-up day and the annual Hunter’s Education Course should be set in the next day or two.  When he gives me the dates and info it will be posted here at the SoCalHunt Blog.  Also, any further info about the Davis Road, as the work progresses, will be reported here too.


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