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.

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.

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/24/18

The bird count for San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed relative the same as the good numbers of opening day under warm conditions in the high 80s and clear cloudless skies.  Cinnamon Teal remained in first place for the number of birds bagged today with Green Wing Teal taking over second place, just two bird short of the Cinnamons.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/24/18 were as follows:

120 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 49 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 11 Gadwall, 34 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 125 Green Wing Teal, 127 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 16 Ring Necks, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 6 Buffleheads, and 40 Ruddy Ducks.  1 Cackling Goose and 4 White Fronted Geese were harvested at San Jacinto today.  In addition, there were 14 Coots brought in to the check station at SJ on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 3.25 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.39 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 31 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

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, Saturday – 10/20/18 and Sunday – 10/21/18

The waterfowl harvest totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for the 2018/19 season-opening weekend were outstanding with many limits brought in by the hunters.  As was last season, this season Teal were far out in the lead for most numerous birds checked in.   For Saturday Green Wing Teal took the lead in number of birds harvested with Cinnamon Teal holding the second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/20/18 were as follows:

253 adult and 7 junior hunters bagged 28 Northern Shovelers, 448 Cinnamon Teal, 31 Gadwall, 62 Widgeon, 682 Green Wing Teal, 163 Mallards, 165 Pintail, 37 Redheads, 19 Ring Necks, 3 Blue Wing Teal, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 11 White Fronted Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 28 coots were downed on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 6.33 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, a 6.48 waterfowl average for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 56 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, dropped off a bit from Saturday’s season opener’s excellent numbers but still wasn’t bad.  The top two species from Saturday swapped places putting Cinnamon Teal in first place for number of birds taken and Green Wing Teal slipping back to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/21/18 were as follows:

120 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 5 Northern Shovelers, 90 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 86 Green Wing Teal, 20 Mallards, 17 Pintail, 13 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Wood Duck, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 White Fronted Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 13 coots included in the take on Sunday.  This resulted in a per hunter average of 2.00 ducks and, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.12 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 hunting parties arrived 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 – 10/20/18

San Jacinto Wildlife Area hunters experienced an outstanding opening of the 2018/19 waterfowl season with a great average bird harvest under clear skies and warm weather. As it was last season, Cinnamon Teal were the number one bird harvested today.  Shovelers were found in second place for number of birds taken on the opener.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/20/18 were as follows:

195 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 210 Northern Shovelers, 292 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 80 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 1 Pintail, 16 Redheads, 22 Ring Necks, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Wood Ducks, 3 Whistling Ducks, 18 Bufflehead and 13 Ruddy Ducks.  In addition, 8 White Fronted geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were also 56 coots checked in on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 3.34 ducks per hunter or 3.65 waterfowl per person with the geese and coots figured in. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 42 showed up 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

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.com Now Has the Current Blind Maps and Area Rules for San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Wister Along With GPS Coordinates For All SJ Blinds

The SoCalHunt website, www.socalhunt.com , now has downloadable pdf files for the 2018/2019 season San Jacinto Wildlife Area blind map and area rules and the Wister Wildlife Area blind map and area rules.  Also, for the first time, we have a downloadable pdf file of all of the GPS coordinates for the San Jacinto blind locations.  These files can be found on the Maps and Downloads page of the SoCalHunt website (not here on the SoCalHunt Blog) at the above link.  Just click on the above link and then go to the Maps and Downloads page.  Click on the map or GPS list image you want, and you can download a pdf file to view and/or print.  All three of these files are 2 pages long.

On the San Jacinto Wildlife Area map for this season, you will notice that some of the blinds have shaded areas around them.  These shaded areas are areas that you will be allowed to “roam” near those blinds to hunt.  In addition, the SJ Staff, again going the extra mile, has gone to the trouble of marking each blind’s GPS coordinates to assist hunters in finding their hunting location at 0-dark-30.  So now, you just need to put the GPS numbers in your GPS or GPS smartphone app and you’ll know where your blind is located, even if you’re a first timer.  Of course, you’ll have to use some common sense and follow the twists and turns of the dikes to get to the blinds, not just go busting through the brush and across the middle of ponds because that’s the way the GPS points you.

As I type this the season kickoff is less than two days away so, hopefully, the above info will assist you in picking and getting to your hunting site this season.  Hope to see you out there this season!


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