Archive for January, 2018

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/24/18, Saturday – 1/27/18, and Sunday – 1/28/18

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, bounced back up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s low numbers.  Gadwall were back in first place Wednesday for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal and Cinnamon Teal in a tie for the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/24/18 were as follows:

96 adult and 2 junior hunters harvested 17 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 22 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 5 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots was checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.26 ducks per person or, with the Geese included in the totals, 1.31 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped back downward somewhat compared to Wednesday’s numbers.  Cinnamon Teal left the Green Wings in the dust, taking over first place for number of birds brought in with Green Wing Teal staying in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/27/18 were as follows:

152 adult and 11 junior hunters checked in 21 Northern Shoveler, 5 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 29 Green Wing Teal, 45 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  16 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  Again, no Coots brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.04 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 1.13 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 came in on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday headed slipped even more compared to Saturday’s count. Shovelers were found in the first position for number of waterfowl checked in on Sunday with Cinnamon Teal dropping back into the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/28/18 were as follows:

68 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 10 Northern Shovelers, 5 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck,1 Bufflehead and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  5 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  1 Coot was checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average bag of 0.75 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot included, 0.83 waterfowl per hunter. There was no information provided regarding how many reservation holders arrived on time for their spot.

So, another season in the books.  Thus ends the 2017/2018 regular waterfowl season for Wister. If you’re a junior hunter, or you have a junior hunter in the family, there’s one more chance for them to waterfowl this season at Wister’s Junior Waterfowl hunt, next weekend, February 3rd and 4th. For more information, contact the staff at Wister at 760-359-0577.

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Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/24/18, Saturday – 1/27/18, and Sunday – 1/28/18 (Not Yet)

Well, so far, for some unknown reason, Wister hasn’t sent out the hunt results for the last three days of the season (January 24th, 27th, and 28th).  Since it’s been two days past when I would usually get them I just wanted to let anyone who might have been looking for the results know why they haven’t been posted yet.  As soon as I get them I’ll share the hunt results in a separate post.  Sorry for the delay.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 1/27/18

First off I want to apologize for the lack of hunting reports this season.  I did try the sweatline once, the Saturday after my last hunting report, but I wasn’t fortunate enough to get drawn low enough to get on in the morning and I couldn’t stay for the afternoon. After that was a short time of planned absence from SJ for Christmas holiday activities and guests visiting from out of state.  Then, raring to go…I got the creepin’ crud (flu?) that was going around, then my wife got it, and it hung on for a couple weeks for each of us, so…finally things were good to go again after a very long period of no hunting…with one day left in the season.  However, as luck would have it, the good thing was one of my usual hunting partners had drawn a low reservation number!

So, with reservation in hand, we arrived at the San Jacinto Check Station to pick our spot for the last hunt day of the 2017/2018 waterfowl season.  My other usual hunting partner was also available, but only for about the first hour, as he had to get to work after that, so he met up with us in the reservation line.  We were optimistic that we’d have a good hunt coming up today.

We picked our spot, one of our favorites, and headed out to set up.  Once we had the decoys set and the blind arranged we settled back with a cup of coffee to await the starting horn.  As the sun began to light the sky from behind Mount San Jacinto SJ showed us another great sunrise.

When the starting horn blew, it wasn’t long before we had several opportunities.  Each of us fired several shots, but nothing fell.  All three of us had the “I can’t hit nothing” ailment this morning.

As the sun rose higher the sky brightened and it was easier to pick out the birds flying in towards our blind.

Finally, a Teal flew in high over the blind and we all fired at it.  The bird folded (I think we all may have hit it) and it went crashing down, right into a thick stand of tules.  After an exhaustive search, the bird could not be located.  Shoot, I always hate to lose them like that.

It wasn’t long before my hunting partner that had to leave for work ran out of time and we wished him well as he headed back to his truck.  That left two of us to “defend” our blind from any encroaching waterfowl.

As the sun rose higher the conditions remained calm and the water glassy.  The light clouds enhanced the scenery and we enjoyed the views as we waited for more ducks to arrive.

After a short time, another Teal came in towards the blind and my partner had the shot.  The bird was hit, but not hard and actually flew a short distance before going down behind a thick stand of reeds.  After another long search, this bird was able to evade capture.  I’m sure it swam into the reeds after it went down.

We had several more opportunities and continued our “catch and release” hunting technique.  Blowing holes in the sky around the ducks and then watching them fly away.  After several birds escaped our efforts we were sitting in the blind when a group of four Cinnamon Teal drakes swam by close to the blind from behind some tules.  We stood and the birds jumped to fly and my partner was able to hit one hard, splashing it in opened water and winging another one that crash-landed next to the adjacent dike.  The bird that fell by the dike was still swimming and was able to quickly duck into some brush on the dike.  My partner went to retrieve his birds but the one that was still mobile either went over the dike unseen and into the next pond and who knows where from there, or continued down the edge of the dike, using the brush for cover and made it into the reeds at the end of the pond.  Another long search failed to locate this duck also but at least the one down on the opened water wasn’t going anywhere.  Finally, a bird for the strap.

Not long after this things began to slow down significantly, however, the wind came up fairly strong, which usually starts to move bird around, so we opted to stick things out a while longer.

For the next hour or so we caught and released a few more birds but the wind didn’t seem to be moving the birds much so we decided to call it a day.  We packed our decoys and gear and headed out with our lone Cinnamon Teal.

The next thing up for San Jacinto Wildlife Area is the 24th Annual Junior Hunt and Raffle next Saturday, February 3rd.  Hope to see a great group of Juniors in attendance next Saturday.  Hopefully, it should be a good hunt with the bonus of a great lunch and lots of raffle prizes for the Juniors.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/27/18

The waterfowl count at San Jacinto Wildlife Area slipped back down again from Wednesday’s numbers on a day that was partly cloudy with cool temperatures along with some wind. Coots were found in first place today for number of birds harvested with Green Wing Teal tied with Cinnamon Teal for the second position. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/27/18 were as follows:

151 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 41 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 45 Green Wing Teal, 45 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  Once again, no Geese were brought down at San Jacinto on Saturday.   51 Coots were also included in the harvest at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 1.11 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.44 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 25 arrived on time for their spot.

So, the 2017/2018 regular waterfowl season is in the books. Junior hunters have one more shot at it next Saturday, February 3rd.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family, here’s hoping you’ll take advantage of San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt, next Saturday, 2/3/18. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/24/18

The waterfowl harvest averages at San Jacinto Wildlife Area headed back upward from Saturday’s low totals on a partly cloudy day that started cold but ended up just into the 70s. Green Wing Teal swapped places with Cinnamon Teal, coming in first place today for number of birds taken with the Cinnamons sliding back into the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/24/18 were as follows:

106 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 17 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 49 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.   13 Coots were also included in the count at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.34 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.45 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards only 17 showed up on time for their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is at 3:30 AM.

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 – 1/17/18, Saturday – 1/20/18, and Sunday – 1/21/18

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, as usual, headed back up, but just slightly, compared to Sunday’s low averages.  Gadwall were found in first place Wednesday for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/17/18 were as follows:

100 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter harvested 3 Northern Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 19 Green Wing Teal, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck. 17 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  1 Coot was brought in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.97 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot added to the totals, 1.15 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 23 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slid downward slightly compared to Wednesday’s count.  Gadwall retained the first position for number of birds checked in with Green Wing Teal remaining in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/20/18 were as follows:

204 adult and 23 junior hunters checked in 3 Northern Shoveler, 4 Mallards, 61 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 15 Pintail, 31 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  3 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  There were no Coots checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.74 ducks per person or, with the Geese included, 0.76 waterfowl per hunter. There was no information provided regarding how many reservation holders showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday headed south even more compared to Saturday’s low averages. Green Wing Teal jumped up into the first position for number of waterfowl harvested on Sunday with Pintail found in a tie for the second position with Snow Geese. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/21/18 were as follows:

50 adult and 12 junior hunters harvested 1 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 1 Merganser.  5 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Sunday.  2 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average bag of 0.40 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.76 waterfowl per hunter. There was no information provided regarding how many reservation holders arrived on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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 – 1/20/18

The waterfowl harvest averages at San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped off slightly from Wednesday’s already low averages on a day with cool clear weather conditions. Cinnamon Teal were found in first place today for number of birds bagged, tied with Coots, with Green Wing Teal dropping back into the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/20/18 were as follows:

146 adult and 10 junior hunters took home 15 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 17 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 18 Ruddy Ducks.  Again, no Geese were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.   29 Coots were also bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.74 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 0.93 waterfowl per hunter. 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. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is at 3:30 AM.

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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