San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2017/2018 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2017/2018 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

3772 adult and 331 junior hunters (4103 hunters total) harvested a total of 1038 Northern Shovelers, 260 Mallards, 672 Gadwall, 539 Widgeon, 171 Pintail, 1251 Green Wing Teal, 1290 Cinnamon Teal, 118 Redheads, 14 Canvasbacks, 171 Ring Necks, 51 Scaup, 193 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye, 7 Wood Ducks, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 4 Mergansers, and 326 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 2 ducks listed as “other”.  There were also 1 Aleutian Goose, 1 Cackling Goose, 7 Canada Geese, 9 Snow Geese, and 5 White Front Geese taken on the wildlife area this season. 495 Coots were also taken for the 2017/2018 season. This worked out to a total of 6359 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 6854 waterfowl. The per gun average take for 2017/2018 season came out to 1.55 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.67 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season there were 201 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 18 fewer junior hunters for a total of 183 more hunters accommodated in 2017/2018 season compared to the 2016/2017 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 -399 Northern Shovelers, -15 Mallards, -5 Gadwall, +99 Widgeon, +55 Pintail, -596 Green Wing Teal, +680 Cinnamon Teal, -2 Redheads, -10 Canvasbacks, +159 Ring Necks, +8 Scaup, +35 Bufflehead, -9 Goldeneye, +3 Wood Ducks, -3 Blue Wing Teal, -8 Mergansers, and -107 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers there were -9 Aleutian Geese, -1 Cackling Goose (0 this season), +3 Canada Geese, -1 Ross’ Goose (0 this season), +9 Snow Geese (0 last season), and +5 White Front Goose (0 last season).

There were also +12 coots taken this season. This was a total of -157 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -167 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.12 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.12 waterfowl this season over last season.

As happened last season, this shows a drop in almost every category, with the bag of most birds down, some substantially, however there were slightly more hunters this season also. Hopefully, we’ll get some rain to fill Mystic Lake (fingers crossed) and get some weather up north early in the season to drive the birds down here.  That, coupled with what should be an increased breeding population up north, (since a lot of birds never migrated down here for us to shoot), hopefully will be the formula for the numbers to rebound for the 2018/2019 season.

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