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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/23/18

The average harvest of waterfowl for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as is usually the case, took a nosedive compared to Saturday’s averages.  Shovelers held on to first place for number of waterfowl checked in with Pintail retaining the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/23/18 were as follows:

49 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 8 Shovelers, 3 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, and 2 Buffleheads.  3 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were 5 Coots taken at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 0.45 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots worked in, 0.61 waterfowl for each person. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 14 showed up 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 – 12/22/18

The waterfowl average harvest for Saturday 12/22/18 at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slid back down somewhat in comparison to Wednesday’s averages.  Shovelers climbed into first place for number of waterfowl bagged with Pintail falling back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/22/18 were as follows:

121 adult and 12 junior hunters checked in with 49 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 45 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Buffleheads, 1 Merganser, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  A single White Fronted Goose and a lone Ross’ Goose were brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday.  6 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 1.26 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots factored in, 1.32 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 31 showed up 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 – 12/22/18

The average take of ducks at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed almost the same, slipping just a hair, as compared to Wednesday’s numbers, however, the average for all waterfowl rose due to an extremely large number of Coots checked in under broken clouds with temperatures getting into the mid-60s. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of ducks checked in with Coots moving up into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/22/18 were as follows:

109 adult and 15 junior hunters harvested 29 Northern Shovelers, 31 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 70 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 11 Buffleheads, 1 Merganser, and 21 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  62 Coots were taken in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.52 ducks for each hunter or, with the Coots included, 2.02 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 27 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.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 12/19/18

(NOTE:  Because Kern NWR is Federal and might be subject to closure due to the possible pending Federal Government shutdown at the end of this week I contacted a member of the Kern Staff and was told that – “the government shutdown will not affect the hunting program. The hunting program is run by the State, so hunting will still be allowed.”  Also, Unit 1 has been opened to hunting allowing for more hunting opportunities.  Good news for Kern hunters!)

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge skyrocketed from Saturday’s fair averages up into outstanding territory. Green Wing Teal surged into first place for number of ducks bagged with Gadwall retaining the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/19/18 were as follows:

112 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 56 Shovelers, 20 Mallards, 129 Gadwall, 47 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 144 Green Wing Teal, 26 Cinnamon Teal, 21 Redheads, 5 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 5 Blue Wing Teal, 10 Buffleheads, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. A lone White Fronted Goose was harvested at Kern on Wednesday.  In addition, a single Coot was bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 4.33 ducks per gun or, with the Goose or Coot added in, 4.35 waterfowl per hunter. There was no information on how many reservations were given out or showed up on this hunt day.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/19/18

The average take of waterfowl for Wednesday 12/19/18 at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped up quite a bit, nearing 2 birds per person.  Pintail were found in first place for number of waterfowl taken with Widgeon being found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/19/18 were as follows:

111 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 25 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 45 Widgeon, 61 Pintail, 36 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 6 Ring Necks, 3 Blue Wing Teal, 8 Buffleheads, and 11 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  Also, there were no Coots bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.96 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to factor in, 1.96 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 27 showed up 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 – 12/19/18

The waterfowl numbers at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked up somewhat as compared to Saturday’s numbers under clear, calm skies with temperatures getting into the high 70s. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for number of ducks taken with shovelers climbing into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/19/18 were as follows:

117 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 31 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 29 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 91 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Buffleheads, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. Again, no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  26 Coots were also brought in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 1.67 ducks for each person or, with the Coots included, 1.89 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 27 showed up on time for 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/15/18

The waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped over a full bird from Wednesday’s good averages. Shovelers were still in first place for number of birds checked in with Gadwall holding on to the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/15/18 were as follows:

67 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 50 Shovelers, 3 Mallard, 15 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, and 9 Buffleheads. Again, there were no Geese harvested at Kern on Saturday.  Also, no Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.58 ducks for each person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to add in, 1.58 waterfowl per gun. Out of 11 reservation cards issued 7 arrived in time to claim their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/16/18

The average bag waterfowl for Sunday 12/16/18 at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slid further into the poor zone.  Gadwall and Widgeon shared the spotlight for first place for number of ducks bagged with Green Wing Teal showing up in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/16/18 were as follows:

55 adult and 7 junior hunters checked in with 1 Shoveler, 5 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 4 Snow Geese harvested at Wister on Sunday.  3 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average bag of 0.82 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.94 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 14 showed up 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, Wednesday – 12/12/18 (Late Report)

The waterfowl averages for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed markedly compared to Sunday’s poor averages.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds taken with Widgeon climbing into second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/12/18 were as follows:

74 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 5 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 46 Widgeon, 58 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, 4 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose were harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  2 Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.80 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.88 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 19 arrived on time to fill their hunting 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 – 12/15/18

 

The waterfowl take for Saturday 12/15/18 for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area took a nosedive compared to Wednesday’s good averages.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds taken and Widgeon retained the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/15/18 were as follows:

162 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 17 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 30 Gadwall, 36 Widgeon, 61 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  There was a lone Snow Goose checked in at Wister on Saturday.  A single Coot was bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.37 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coot added in, 1.38 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 44 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.

 

Shotgun Raffle at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga to Benefit San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt

Once again, Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, along with Quail Unlimited, and Chaz Prado Kennels, are sponsoring a raffle to raise money to purchase prizes for San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt, which will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.   Raffle tickets are available at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga (see below for a Google Maps link to Bass Pros Shop’s location):

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bass+Pro+Shops/@34.1128172,-117.5291929,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c34a185980b999:0x55a12fc2ca27c64a!8m2!3d34.1128128!4d-117.5270042?hl=en

There will be two winners in this raffle and each winner will take home a brand-new Benelli Nova shotgun.  All the money raised by this raffle will go to purchase prizes for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt.  Tickets are only $10 each! The drawing for the shotguns will be held on January 14th, 2019 and winners need not be present to win.

In addition, if you’d like to support this great event for our Junior Hunters by donating prizes of your own you can do that by following the procedure laid out in the SoCalHunt post at the link below:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/donations-needed-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-25th-annual-junior-waterfowl-hunt-raffle/

If you’d like to donate a prize or two (or more) for the Junior Hunt don’t let a little paperwork scare you.  It’s not that hard, I know, I’ve done it.

So, here’s a great chance to get a nice shotgun for a few bucks and support a great event for our Junior Hunter, the future of our sport.

This season’s Junior Hunt will be dedicated to the memory of Richard Seville who passed away last season.  Richard was a regular at San Jacinto and he is missed.

 

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/15/18

The waterfowl numbers at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area slipped back down as compared to Wednesday’s numbers with clear, calm conditions with temperatures getting into the mid 70s. Green Wing Teal rose to first place for number of ducks bagged with Gadwall found in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/15/18 were as follows:

135 adult and 12 junior hunters bagged 40 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallard, 43 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 63 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 7 Buffleheads, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  17 Coots were also brought in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 1.47 ducks for each person or, with the Coots included, 1.59 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservations issued 31 showed up on time for 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. This coming Wednesday is the last hunt day to donate for the toy drive!  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.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 12/12/18

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge headed upward from Saturday’s averages. Shovelers held on to first place for number of birds harvested with Gadwall placing in the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/12/18 were as follows:

66 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 68 Shovelers, 4 Mallard, 41 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 17 Pintail, 13 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 7 Buffleheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck. Once more, no Geese were bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  A single Coot was checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 2.70 ducks per hunter or with the Coot added in, 2.71 waterfowl for each person. Out of 11 reservation cards issued 6 showed up in time to claim their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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.

 


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