San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2018/2019 Season Long Stats

The conclusion of the 2018/2019 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

3883 adult and 374 junior hunters (4257 hunters total) harvested a total of 1692 Northern Shovelers, 321 Mallards, 1021 Gadwall, 721 Widgeon, 93 Pintail, 1617 Green Wing Teal, 967 Cinnamon Teal, 100 Redheads, 26 Canvasbacks, 307 Ring Necks, 20 Scaup, 387 Bufflehead, 7 Goldeneye, 9 Wood Ducks, 9 Blue Wing Teal, 10 Mergansers, 1 Muscovy Duck, and 446 Ruddy Ducks. There was also 1 duck listed as “other”.  In addition, there were also 3 Cackling Goose, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Ross’ Goose, 3 Snow Geese, and 16 White Front Geese taken at San Jacinto this season. 689 Coots were also checked in for the 2018/2019 season at SJ. This figured out to a total of 7782 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 8471 waterfowl taken for the season. The per gun average take for 2018/2019 season came out to 1.83 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.99 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 111 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 43 more junior hunters for a total of 154 more hunters accommodated in 2018/2019 season compared to the 2017/2018 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were +654 Northern Shovelers, +61 Mallards, +349 Gadwall, +182 Widgeon, -78 Pintail, +366 Green Wing Teal, -323 Cinnamon Teal, -18 Redheads, +12 Canvasbacks, +136 Ring Necks, -31 Scaup, +194 Bufflehead, +4 Goldeneye, +2 Wood Ducks, +7 Blue Wing Teal, +6 Mergansers, +1 Muscovy Duck (0 last season), and +120 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers there were -1 Aleutian Geese (0 this season), +2 Cackling Goose (0 last season), -6 Canada Geese, +1 Ross’ Goose (0 last season), -6 Snow Geese, and +11 White Front Goose.

There were also +194 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of +1423 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, +1617 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were +0.28 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, +0.32 waterfowl this season over last season.

In contrast to the last couple of seasons, these numbers show an increase in almost every category, with the bag of most birds up, some substantially, also there were slightly more hunters this season. As I’m typing this it is raining off and on with more predicted in the next couple days.  Hopefully, we’ll get enough rain between now and the end of our rainy season to fill Mystic Lake (fingers crossed again this year) and we’ll get some well-timed weather up north early next season to drive the birds down here.  We can also optimistically hope there will be a great spring hatch up north and the numbers will continue to rise for the 2019/2020 season.


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