Dove Hunting Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area – Opening Day 2019 Dove Season

Opening day of the 2019 dove season, September 1st, at San Jacinto Wildlife area dawned bright and hot.  By the end of the day 163 hunters had utilized San Jacinto for their pursuit of the little gray rockets, coming away with a total of 238 dove.  That averaged out to 1.46 birds per gun.  Not fantastic, but SJ isn’t really know as a dove mecca.  There were some that came away skunked, a few managed to bring down limits and many harvested 2 or 3 or so.  So, as was expected it wasn’t gangbusters on the dove but it wasn’t bad and it did give many that couldn’t dedicate a whole day or more to drive down to Niland or Brawley a place close to home to give it at least a couple hours of effort and maybe scratch out a few birds.

San Jacinto is opened for dove hunting until the end of the first half of the dove season on Sunday, September 15th.  Today (September 2nd) is the last day the waterfowl side of SJ will be opened for dove hunting so, as I write this, you only have a little less than 6 hours left for hunting dove on the waterfowl side.  Also, don’t forget that it’s non-toxic (steel) shot only for all hunting everywhere this year so don’t mistakenly bring along any lead shot shells.  That’s a big no-no.

Also, while I’ve got your attention, San Jacinto needs palm fronds to complete brushing up the waterfowl area’s blinds for the duck opener, which is Saturday, October 19th.    The next volunteer blind brush-up work day is set for Saturday, September 21st.   Check the below links to either bring in some palm fronds any time before the work day or for info on the work day its self, if you’d like to volunteer or both.

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/another-blind-brush-up-day-coming-soon-more-palm-fronds-needed-at-san-jacinto-wa/

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/another-volunteer-blind-brush-up-work-day-set-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-area-september-21st/

If you have any questions about either subject or want to make arrangements to drop of some palm fronds contact Tom Trakes at (951) 236-3040 or the SJ Staff at (951) 928-0580.

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