Archive for December, 2018

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/30/18

The waterfowl bag averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area nosedived, as is usual for a Sunday, compared to Saturday’s good numbers.  Pintail retained first place for number of birds bagged with Widgeon jumping into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/30/18 were as follows:

63 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 6 Shovelers, 4 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 17 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  A single Snow Goose was bagged at Wister on Sunday.  Again, no Coots were taken at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.67 ducks per person or, with the Goose included, 0.68 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 17 arrived on time to claim 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/29/18

The average waterfowl bag for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose further into the good range compared to Wednesday’s good numbers.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal climbing into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/29/18 were as follows:

178 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in with 54 Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 54 Gadwall, 50 Widgeon, 152 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 18 Redhead, 2 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 12 Buffleheads, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  9 Snow Geese and a lone Canada Goose were taken at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 2.56 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese add in, 2.62 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 34 arrived on time to claim 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, Saturday – 12/29/18

The average take of waterfowl at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area slipped back some as compared to Wednesday’s averages under clear, calm conditions with temperatures just short of 60 degrees. Coots were actually the most numerous bird checked in but if you didn’t count the coots Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped spots with the Green Wing Teal taking over first place for number of ducks checked in with Shovelers slipping back to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/29/18 were as follows:

128 adult and 19 junior hunters checked in with 48 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 51 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Canvasbacks, 10 Buffleheads, and 16 Ruddy Ducks. Again, there were no Geese taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  72 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 1.34 ducks for each person or, with the Coots included, 1.83 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 30 showed on time to get 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

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.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/26/18

The average bag of waterfowl for Wednesday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed back into the good range compared to Sunday’s averages.  Pintail jumped into first place for number of birds bagged with Shovelers dropping back to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/26/18 were as follows:

81 adult and 8 junior hunters checked in with 48 Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 8 Gadwall, 23 Widgeon, 50 Pintail, 14 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Redhead, 6 Buffleheads, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  Also, there were no Coots checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 2.02 ducks per person or, of course, with no Geese and Coots to add in, 2.02 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 20 arrived on time to claim 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 – 12/26/18

The waterfowl bag averages at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area climbed somewhat as compared to Saturday’s numbers under clear, calm skies with temperatures getting into the low 60s. Shovelers showed up in first place for number of ducks checked in with Green Wing Teal found in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/26/18 were as follows:

108 adult and 12 junior hunters checked in with 77 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 71 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Buffleheads, 2 Goldeneyes, 2 Mergansers, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. Again, there were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  22 Coots were harvested in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.95 ducks for each hunter or, with the Coots included, 2.13 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 29 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

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 Toy Drive for Bryant Park Preschool a Big Success!

Once again, the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Staff is putting out A BIG THANKS to all the hunters who were able to donate toys to the Annual Bryant Park Head Start Preschool Toy Drive.   As always, the SJ hunters came through Big time and provided the toys needed to make this event a success for the kids.

60 of the preschool’s kids were presented two toys each by Santa plus there was even enough toys to give one to the preschoolers’ siblings too.  It was a wonderful time for the kids and the adults in attendance and some great food and desserts were brought in by the parents too!

Once again, the San Jacinto Staff (and me too) would like to extend a big thanks to the San Jacinto hunters for all their very generous toy donations to make this all possible.  SJ hunters, as they always do, have proved they have a heart and really care.

Thanks once more for all the generous toy donations!

Here’s a few pictures from the event to tell the story:

Notes on Kern National Wildlife Refuge and the Shutdown

Just before the current Government Shutdown went into effect SoCalHunt reached out to the Kern National Wildlife Refuge regarding the effect the shutdown would have on their hunting program due to Kern NWR being a Federal Refuge.  On 12/20/18 at 9:49 am SoCalHunt was advised by a Kern Staff Member, via Facebook messaging, that…“the government shutdown will not affect the hunting program. The hunting program is run by the State, so hunting will still be allowed.”

Not surprisingly SoCalHunt hasn’t received any hunt result information from Kern since the shutdown.  Although I don’t have any definite information on this, I surmise that the hunt results are compiled by the Federal Employees of Kern NWR, as they come in a different form from those that SoCalHunt receives from San Jacinto and Wister.

This morning (12/26/18) the following was posted on the Kern NWR Facebook page…“Due to the federal government shutdown, this account will not be active until further notice. More information at www.doi.gov/shutdown.”

The link for more info above doesn’t really clarify the situation regarding the hunting program at Kern (but you can look it over if you want).  Although, if the information SoCalHunt received on the 20th is accurate, which I have no reason to doubt, the hunting program should not be affected.

In an effort to ensure SoCalHunt is putting out accurate information we reached out to a California DFW Senior Official and was told “Last I heard on a managers coordination call Kern is supposed to still operate its hunt program but nothing else. No phone calls no nothing except staff working the hunter check station. That was the last I heard heading into the shutdown.”  He also went on to say, “I’m suggesting to those that call me is to go and not lose a reservation opportunity. So far nobody has called me back saying it was closed on Saturday.”

So, the best information SoCalHunt has is that Kern NWR is still going to be hunting but we’re not going to get any hunt result reports from them until after the Government Shutdown.  Obviously, we can only report on what we are told so just be aware of this when relying on this information to decide on making the drive to Kern.

This is the latest info SoCalHunt has on the Kern NWR during the Government Shutdown.  If SoCalHunt gets any further or different info you can be assured it will be posted here ASAP.  We always strive to put out accurate information to our fellow hunters, which is why we went to the trouble of contacting a Senior DFW Official to attempt to confirm it.

Of course, whenever Kern NWR starts to release their hunting results reports we will catch up on those reports as the info comes in.  Thanks for your patience on this.

 


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