Archive for October, 2018

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday 10/31/18

The Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area experienced a rise in the average take of waterfowl compared to Sunday’s low numbers.  Pintail captured first place for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal being found in the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/31/18 were as follows:

61 adult and 4 junior hunters checked in with 6 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 14 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 33 Pintail, 27 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  Again, no Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  A lone Coot was checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average bag of 1.52 ducks per hunter or, with the Coot figured in, 1.54 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 18 showed up on time 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.

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Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/31/18

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s waterfowl harvest average rose slightly from Saturday’s results under clear, warm, cloudless skies.   Green Wing Teal were, once again, in first place for number of birds bagged with the Cinnamon Teal again holding on to second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/31/18 were as follows:

119 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 16 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 11 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 70 Green Wing Teal, 55 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 3 Canvasbacks, 16 Ring Necks, 15 Buffleheads, 1 Wood Duck, and 11 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  In addition, 13 Coots were taken at SJ on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.88 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.98 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 31 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.  Toys for donation should be targeted for 3 to 5-year-old boys and girls.  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/2018/10/30/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins-3/?fbclid=IwAR3Okyyj61n8gzVCI7BrNRrbrMy9oJQhKRvWogplIeB268pA0Sei0u43OII

Also, San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 2nd, 2019.  New state regulations, which went into effect 3 years ago, 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/

Also, don’t let a little paperwork stop you from donating.  It’s not that hard, I know, I’ve done it every year since DFW started this requirement.

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.

 

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Bryant Park Preschool Toy Drive Begins

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun their Annual Toy Drive!  Tom Trakes and the crew at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, told SoCalHunt that this year’s Toy Drive will again benefit the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool.

SoCalHunt encourages all the hunters that hunt at San Jacinto in the next several weeks bring along a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the kids.  This is a chance to show the general public that hunters have a heart.  Hunters should bring in toys for the Head Start Preschool that are intended for 3 to 5-year-old boys and girls.

Donations for the Bryant Park Head Start Program will be accepted until December 15th. The San Jacinto Staff, along with Santa Claus, delivering them shortly after.  These donations don’t need to go through the state procedures for donations (such as the donations for the Junior Hunt) as San Jacinto is not receiving the donations but is just a collection point for them.

Please take this opportunity to show that hunters really have a heart and do care. Donate to the San Jacinto Annual Toy Drive and support this great effort.

For further details please contact Tom at (951)-236-3040 or the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Office at (951)-928-0580.  Toys can be donated at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Office at 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview, CA 92567.

Thank you for your support!

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/27/18 and Sunday – 10/28/18

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday 10/27/18 dropped somewhat from Wednesday’s fair average.  Mallards and Green Wing Teal tied for first spot for number of birds checked in while Cinnamon Teal and Shovelers showed identical numbers to tie for second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/27/18 were as follows:

111 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 21 Northern Shovelers, 28 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Surf Scooter, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday.  Also, there were no Coots brought in to the check station on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.18 ducks per gun and, since no Geese and Coots were checked in, obviously a 1.18 waterfowl average for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, headed even further south from Saturday’s poor count.  Green Wing Teal were found in first place for number of birds harvested with Cinnamon Teal taking the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/28/18 were as follows:

43 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter downed 1 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  Again, no Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 3 Coots taken on Sunday.  This resulted in a per person average of 0.41 ducks or with the Coots added in, 0.48 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 15 hunting parties made it on time to claim their spots.

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 – 10/27/18

The bird count for San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped quite a bit from Wednesday’s numbers under hot weather conditions slipping into the low 90s under clear cloudless skies.   Green Wing Teal swapped positions with the Cinnamon Teal taking over first place for the number of birds checked in today relegating the Cinnamons to second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/27/18 were as follows:

129 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 22 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 72 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 16 Ring Necks, 11 Buffleheads, 1 Wood Duck, 1 Muscovy Duck, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 Cackling Geese and 1 White Fronted Goose bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  15 Coots were also brought in to the SJ check station on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.36 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.48 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 36 arrived on time.

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.  Toys for donation should be targeted for 4 to 5-year-old boys and girls.  This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart.  SoCalHunt will post an announcement article about the Toy Drive as soon as this year’s flyer is completed.

Also, San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 2nd, 2019.  New state regulations, which went into effect 3 years ago, 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. 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/

Also, don’t let a little paperwork stop you from donating.  It’s not that hard, I know, I’ve done it every year since DFW started this requirement.

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 10/24/18

(Note: In past seasons Wister has sent out their results for the past week – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – at one time, on Monday or Tuesday.  This time I received the Wednesday results on Wednesday night.  I will report results ASAP as soon as I receive them, so The Wister reports look like they may be a Wednesday night and Sunday night – for Saturday and Sunday – thing this year instead of all three days together)

The waterfowl count for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped slightly from Sunday’s surprisingly good totals.  For Wednesday, Cinnamon Teal took over first place for number of birds taken with Pintail jumping up into the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/24/18 were as follows:

85 adult and no junior hunters bagged 20 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 35 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, and 2 Blue Wing Teal.  Also, 1 White Fronted Goose was harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.98 ducks per person or, with the Goose figured in, 1.99 waterfowl average for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 35 showed up on time 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.

 

 

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 10/24/18

Today SoCalHunt kicked off the 2018/19 Waterfowl Season with a solo afternoon refill hunt. With the good bird counts for the opener on Saturday, I figured I would give it a shot hoping for at least a few birds in the air for the afternoon.

I got a later start than I wanted and as I drove up Davis Road towards the Check Station I saw several hunting parties driving in the opposite direction, leaving San Jacinto after their morning hunts.  I figured this was probably a good thing as it meant a lot of hunters were finishing up early.  When I walked up to the Check Station to check in and get my name on the refill list, I ended up about halfway down on the refill list page.  However, it wasn’t as bad as it sounded as many of the hunters ahead of me on the list had already refilled.  This left me 4th on the refill list so I already knew I was going out hunting today, without a doubt.  There were a few blinds available, but I figured I’d wait a little while and see if one of my favorites would check in.  It was only about 10 minutes later that one of them did become available, so I was off to the Wildlife Area to start my 2018/19 season.

As I unloaded my gear from my truck, I looked up to see a group of about 15 White Fronted Geese flying above, although they were way up there, like 500 yards high, but I figured that was a good sign to see them in the air.  When I arrived at my blind I set up and threw out my decoys and settled in to see what would transpire.  It was about 11:30 and I was already set up and hunting.  I scanned the sky hoping to see at least a few birds flying in the area.

The day was hot. I checked the weather app on my phone and it indicated it was in the mid-80s already.  There was just about no breeze, maybe an occasional puff of air was all, and the sun shone brightly in the cloudless skies.  Another typical early season “Blue Bird” day.

Unfortunately, the sky was devoid of waterfowl, although I did hear an occasional shot from a couple of areas way across the Wildlife Area, just not anything near me. While I waited and scanned the skies the usual complement of Coots and other non-targeted marsh critters kept things interesting.  One unusual visitor was a white Praying Mantis climbing up the side of my blind, searching for a meal.  I’d never seen a white one before but I’m not familiar enough with insects to know if that’s a rare thing.

As it turned out the Praying Mantis turned out to be the highlight of the day as not only didn’t I have a duck come into range, I didn’t even see any flying today.  So, as it was last season, it appears that SJ is again going to be a morning hunt only…at least for now.  Maybe if we get some weather things will get better for the refill hunters.  As the sun set, I picked up the decoys and the rest of my gear, including all 25 of my unfired shells, and headed for home.

(These birds in this photo aren’t ducks, just a flock of blackbirds)

I’m going to have to see if I can make a few mornings this season, hopefully the sweatline and/or the reservation draws will be kind to me.  But I’ll still try some afternoons as the season progresses and see if things improve.  Maybe I’ll see you out there some time.

 


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