Archive for November, 2017

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/29/17

The waterfowl bag at San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked back up somewhat from Saturday’s very low numbers on a day of mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Northern Shovelers took over first place for number of birds checked in with Widgeon in a tie with Coots for second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/29/17 were as follows:

76 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 33 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 22 Widgeon, 3 Bufflehead, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 11 Gadwall, 1 Green Wing Teal, 5 Redheads, 6 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  In addition, 22 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.19 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots figured in, 1.47 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 20 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 online 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 website 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/2017/11/04/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins-2/

Also, San Jacinto’s 24th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 3rd, 2018.  New state regulations, which went into effect the year before last, 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 online 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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Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/22/17, Saturday – 11/25/17, and Sunday – 11/26/17

The duck bag numbers at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose slightly compared to last Sunday’s numbers.  Snow Geese held onto the first spot for number of birds taken once again with Pintail taking over second place but only by one bird ahead of Gadwalls.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/15/17 were as follows:

115 adult and 17 junior hunters checked in 5 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 23 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 24 Pintail, 2 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 3 Wood Ducks, 3 Mergansers, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  75 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station in at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 0.81 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added, 1.39 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 32 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slid downward even more compared to Wednesday’s numbers.  Snow Geese remained in first place for number of birds checked in with Widgeon taking over second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/25/17 were as follows:

139 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in 1 Northern Shoveler, 3 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 2 Bufflehead.  There were 56 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose checked in at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots was also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.47 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 0.86 waterfowl for per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 26 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, dove even further into the depths from Saturday’s low take. Snow Geese stayed solidly in the first position for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday, more than doubling the entire take of ducks, with Gadwall, Pintail, Ruddy Ducks and Coots all tied for second place Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/26/17 were as follows:

45 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 1 Northern Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were 19 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose harvested at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 2 Coots taken at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.19 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.66 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 8 came in on time to check in for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 website 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 online 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 – 11/25/17

The waterfowl numbers at San Jacinto Wildlife Area spiraled downward from Wednesday’s count, ending up well below a 1 bird average, on another day of temperatures breaking the 90-degree barrier with clear, calm skies. Cinnamon Teal took over the first position for number of ducks bagged with Widgeon sliding back into second place, but just barely, by one bird behind the Cinnamons.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/25/17 were as follows:

129 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 14 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 22 Widgeon, 4 Bufflehead, 23 Cinnamon Teal, 13 Gadwall, 2 Green Wing Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 10 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, and 15 Ruddy Ducks.  2 Canada Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were 5 Coots brought in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.80 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.85 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 25 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 online 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 website 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/2017/11/04/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins-2/

Also, San Jacinto’s 24th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 3rd, 2018.  New state regulations, which went into effect the year before last, 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 online 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 11/22/17

With reservation in hand, SoCalHunt was found, at 0300, in the reservation line at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  Yes, it was almost at the end of the reservation line with a very high reservation number, but any reservation is better than even number one in the sweatline.   One of my usual hunting buddies met me there to tag along, although he was going to have to bail at about 7 am to make it to work, but that’s still better than not giving it a shot.  One of the advantages he has working near SJ.

Once we were at the check station we picked out spot and we were off to get things set up before legal shooting time.  The blind we picked wasn’t too far a walk and we were set up with about a half hour to spare before start time.

As the sunlight appeared and began to backlight San Jacinto Mountain we awaited the horn which would signal start time.

The horn sounded and so did the shooting throughout the wildlife area.  For us, for the first few minutes, no opportunities presented themselves but shortly some teal rocketed by and both of us executed our perfect catch and release hunting technique blowing holes in the sky and watching the diminutive ducks continue on their way.  The sun continued to brighten the sky and it was becoming easier to see potential targets.

About a half hour after start time two Ring Necks came in high over the blind, but still in range and we each picked the bird on our respective side and opened up on them.  My bird kept going, apparently not impressed with my shooting this morning, however my partner’s duck folded and splashed down about 40 yards out in the pond.  My partner waded out and came back with a nice hen Ring Neck.

We each had a couple more chances and we also let a couple ducks fly by as we just weren’t looking in the right direction as they approached and they got by us before we had a shot.  Finally, as the sun fully cleared the mountains and lit the Bernasconi Hills in morning light it was time for my partner to bug out and head for work.  He collected his gear and his Ring Neck and headed out to work.

I was going to stick it out for a while as I didn’t have to be anywhere today so I was hoping to finally get my season started.  There was still some shooting going on around the area but it had slowed down quite a bit.  As I waited for a duck or two to fly by an unusual little butterfly, no more than about a half inch long, visited the blind.  I’ve never seen a butterfly that small.

I stuck it out until noon but it was not to be today…again…as the only birds that came in range after my partner left was a group of three teal that swung in low over the tules at about 10 feet off the water and right over the blind, almost knocking my hat off.  There were there and gone before I could even pick up the shotgun.

I packed up and headed in to the check station to check out.  While I was there a couple of groups of hunters came in with some pretty good straps, I guess they just didn’t want to be where we were today, although, if I could have hit anything I should have had at least two birds for sure.

Today, although I got skunked, at least my partner was able to collect a bird before he had to leave for work and I did see more birds flying today than I have seen so far this season and I did fire the gun a few times.  I guess you could call that an improvement over not even picking up the shotgun.  The ducks, apparently, just didn’t want to be where I was today.  But, of course, I’ll be back soon to try it again.  Maybe I should bring those shells that actually have shot in them next time.

 

Shotgun Raffle at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga to Benefit San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt

Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, along with Quail Unlimited, are sponsoring a raffle to raise money to purchase prizes for San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt, which will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.   Raffle tickets are available at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga (see below for a Google Maps link to Bass Pros Shop’s location):

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bass+Pro+Shops/@34.1128172,-117.5291929,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c34a185980b999:0x55a12fc2ca27c64a!8m2!3d34.1128128!4d-117.5270042?hl=en

There will be two winners in this raffle and each winner will take home a brand-new Remington 870 express shotgun in the winner’s choice of 12 or 20 gauge.  All the money raised by this raffle will go to purchase prizes for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt.  Tickets are only $10 each! The drawing will be held on January 15th, 2018 and winners need not be present to win.

 

 

In addition, if you’d like to support this great event for our Junior Hunters by donating prizes of your own you can do that by following the procedure laid out in the SoCalHunt post at the link below (ignore the date of the Junior Hunt in that post however, this season’s date is Saturday, February 3rd. This post is from two years ago, but the donation procedure is the same):

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

If you’d like to donate a prize or two (or more) for the Junior Hunt don’t let a little paperwork scare you.  It’s not that hard, I know, I’ve done it.

So, here’s a great chance to get a nice shotgun for a few bucks and support a great event for our Junior Hunter, the future of our sport.

This season’s Junior Hunt will be dedicated to the memory of Brian Fraser who lost his life in the terrible Las Vegas Attack.  Brian was a regular at San Jacinto and we miss him a lot.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/22/17

The waterfowl take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area picked back up a little from Saturday’s count on a day of hot temperatures, pushing into the 90s, and clear skies with a little light wind. Widgeon were still found in the first position for number of ducks bagged with Ring Necks pushing back up into second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/22/17 were as follows:

122 adult and 27 junior hunters bagged 25 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 45 Widgeon, 10 Bufflehead, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Gadwall, 7 Green Wing Teal, 2 Redheads, 44 Ring Necks, 6 Scaup, 2 Wood Ducks and 12 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 3 Snow Geese harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  12 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 1.40 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.50 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 26 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 online 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 website 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/2017/11/04/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins-2/

Also, San Jacinto’s 24th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 3rd, 2018.  New state regulations, which went into effect the year before last, 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 online 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 – 11/15/17, Saturday – 11/18/17 and Sunday – 11/19/17

The duck count averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose somewhat compared to last Sunday’s take but the overall average fell actually when the Geese were included in this past Wednesday’s averages.  Snow Geese held firmly onto the first spot for number of birds taken with Widgeon holding second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/15/17 were as follows:

114 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in 4 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 42 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 54 Snow Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.32 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese include, 1.78 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 32 came in on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked down slightly from Wednesday’s count.  Snow Geese were still in first place for number of birds bagged with Pintail, despite a one bird limit this season, taking over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/18/17 were as follows:

162 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in 2 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 33 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 46 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 35 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 3 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Wood Duck, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  64 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 1.15 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot worked in, 1.54 waterfowl for per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 32 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as usual, headed downward some from Saturday’s harvest. Snow Geese continued to dominate the first position for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday with Gadwall taking over the second position Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/19/17 were as follows:

65 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 1 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, and 6 Ruddy Ducks. There were 32 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  3 Coots was also taken at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.42 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 0.93 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 22 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 website 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 online via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days.  If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail.  No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this season.  You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

 


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