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 –

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:

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.

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