DFW Commission Sets 2018/19 Season Regulations

The California Fish and Game Commission, during their April 18 – 19 meeting in Ventura, California, adopted changes to the waterfowl season dates and regulations for the 2018/19 waterfowl season.

Regulations adopted for the Southern California Zone (which will cover San Jacinto Wildlife Area):

Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 20, 2018 through January 27, 2019.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 2 and February 3, 2019. (San Jacinto’s Annual Youth Hunt will be February 2nd, 2019).

Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may consist of 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.  (Scaup may only be taken November 3rd, 2018 through January 27th, 2019 – so be careful the first two weeks of the season once again).

Geese: Daily bag limit: 23 of which 20 may be white geese and 3 may be dark geese.

Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

Black Brant (Although a “sea goose” I’ll add this because occasionally a few seem to show up at San Jacinto): November 9, 2018 – December 15, 2018.  Daily bag limit: 2 per day.  Possession limit triple the daily bag limit.  (NOTE – Brant were not mentioned in the season regulation changes at the Commission meeting so I’m listing the dates and limits based on last season’s regulations (assuming no change).  Check with the official regulations once they are posted on the DFW website or the printed regulation books when they come out, probably in a couple months but still well before the season).

“Electronic” Spinning wing decoys (AKA – mojos) will be allowed from November 30th until the season ends (statewide) – non-motorized / wind-powered mojos are allowed all season. (NOTE – This was also not mentioned in the season regulation changes at the Commission meeting so I’m listing the dates based on last season’s regulations (again assuming no changes). This has been November 30th for as long as I can remember but check with the official regulations once they are posted on the DFW website or the printed regulation books when they come out, probably in a couple months but still well before the season).

The regulations that most affect San Jacinto hunters are the fact that, once again, scaup cannot be taken the first two weeks of the season. Most other regulations stayed pretty consistent with last season’s regulations.  A good change for this season is the pintail limit being bumped back up to 2 birds again from the 1 bird limit of last season!

So, regulations are set, the bird counts should be coming out sometime in the next few months (hope for the best), and San Jacinto will soon be on the way to being in top shape for the upcoming season.  (Don’t forget to pitch in on the upcoming Blind Brush-Up days if you’re able – Info will be posted here when I receive it).

This above information is provided as a general guide only. Although they haven’t updated it to the newly adopted regulations, when they do in a month or two (still well before the season) please check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website at:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations

…or printed regulation book (available probably not long after they update their web info at most license agent locations) for official information and/or for regulations in other waterfowl zones in the state.

Hopefully, we’ll get some rain this year and some weather up north to push the bird down to us and we can all look forward to a great season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

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