Archive for October, 2019

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 10/30/18

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge rose a bit compared to Saturday’s already good averages. Shovelers jumped into first place for number of ducks checked in with Green Wing Teal sliding back to the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/30/19 were as follows:

47 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 47 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 16 Gadwall, 24 Widgeon, 21 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 6 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  Again there were no Geese or Coots brought in to the check station at Kern on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 3.50 ducks per gun and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to add in, 3.50 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 7 reservation cards issued 6 arrived on time for 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/30/19

The average waterfowl harvest for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area rose a bit from Saturday’s poor numbers on a day with Extremely windy weather conditions with temperatures in the mid-60s with clear skies. Ring Necks jumped up into first place for the number of birds downed on Wednesday with Shovelers found the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/30/19 were as follows:

129 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 47 Northern Shovelers, 25 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 17 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 33 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 55 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 7 Mergansers, and 17 Ruddy Ducks. There were 2 Ross’ Geese bagged in at San Jacinto on Wednesday. In addition, 28 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average bag of 1.77 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.99 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards 27 arrived on time for their hunting spot.

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. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-head-start-preschool-toy-drive-launches/

Also, San Jacinto’s 26th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 8th, 2020.  New state regulations, which went into effect 4 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. 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.

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

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.

 

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 10/30/19

If you’ve been following SoCalHunt for a while you know it has been just over a year since I’ve been able to get out on San Jacinto Wildlife Area and pursue the wily waterfowl.  This was due to a variety of reasons, which I won’t bore you with, but suffice to say today I was FINALLY back at it.

My 2019/20 Waterfowl Season started with a solo afternoon refill hunt. Wind was predicted along with temperatures in the mid-60s which translated into good conditions for pursuing the web-footed critters so I figured I would give it a try.  Coupled with the fact that Mystic Lake is still very much in existence it looked to be good chances for a few ducks, at least.

When I drove up Davis Road towards the Check Station, I was kind of expecting to see a lot of hunters’ trucks in the check station lot as their owners waited for refill spots.  I figured the poor counts at Wister and the windy conditions would attract some of the Wister hunters to SJ. To my surprise, there were only about 7 or 8 trucks in the lot as I pulled in, so chances looked good for a spot already.  When I walked into the Check Station to put my name on the refill list, I first deposited my toy donation for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool in the donation box.  This is a great cause and gives hunters a chance to show they have a heart.  (details for the Bryant Park Preschool Toy Drive can be found here…   https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-head-start-preschool-toy-drive-launches/ ).  Once that was done I signed in on the refill list on the number 6 spot, and two hunting parties had already refilled so I was, in essence, in the fourth position.  There were already a few blinds available, so I figured I’d wait a bit and see what came in.  As I waited, the wind, which was whipping at about 30 miles an hour at least, stirred up dust in the check station lot.

About noon I was ready to pick a spot and get started when the hunters from one of the blinds I was hoping for came in.  I hadn’t hunted this blind for several years and I figured I’d give it a shot as the last time Mystic Lake was around it was a pretty good spot to be as the birds traded back and forth between the Wildlife Area and Mystic Lake.

When I reached the blind, I was kind of disappointed to see that the pond was fairly overgrown with tules and there was very little opened water.  I would have to be careful picking my shots so as not to lose any birds I might drop in the reeds.

It wasn’t long until I had my first opportunity, a hen Shoveler passed right over the blind well within range and I fired three shots at her.  She climbed and kept going, untouched.  The strong wind, while stirring up the birds and keeping them moving, was also throwing a big complication into lead estimates.

As I waited it was a big contrast to the afternoons the last couple of seasons.  I don’t think more than 15 or 20 minutes went by that I didn’t see some ducks flying in the immediate area.  I could also hear shooting from various parts of the Wildlife Area off and on all afternoon.  Another interesting thing was the variety of other things flying around SJ today.  Due to the Southern California fire situation lately several (but not all) of the non-waterfowl flying things were firefighting aircraft.

Unfortunately, due to the overgrowth of the pond, there were several ducks I had to let pass that I probably could have harvested (if I could have hit them, LOL) because they would have fallen into the tules and would have been unrecoverable.  I’m not going to kill a bird if I know I can’t retrieve it.

I did have a few other chances but blew those also, a couple just plain missing them and one by tripping over something in the blind as I stood up to shoot at a beautiful trio of Mallards, well within range.

So, today I considered a success.  Not because of the birds I shot, because I failed at that pretty bad, but because I actually got to do a little shooting today and got to enjoy watching quite a few ducks flying in the area all day long.  It beat the hell out of staring at the empty sky like I did most of the times I went the last couple of seasons.  I also considered it a success because I was able to get out there and actually hunt, unlike last season.

As quitting time rang on the cell phone alarm, I started picking up my gear for the walk back to the truck.  Once again, San Jacinto displayed a beautiful sunset.

So, there’s my start to the 2019/20 season.  A success in a couple respects but no so much in the bird department, but I can’t blame that on lack of waterfowl this time.  I’ll be back soon to give it another try, maybe I’ll see you out there.

 

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/30/19

The average bag of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped up into the very good range compared to Sunday’s slightly improved poor average numbers.  Gadwall climbed into first place for the most numerous bird harvested with Pintail and Widgeon tied for the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/30/19 were as follows:

60 adult hunters and no junior hunters bagged 6 Northern Shoveler, 12 Mallards, 51 Gadwall, 29 Widgeon, 29 Pintail, 3 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, and 3 Blue Wing Teal. Once again, no Geese or Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average of 2.55 ducks per gun and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to work into the totals, 2.55 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 22 hunters showed up on time to pick 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 10/26/18

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped by slightly more than one bird per hunter compared to Wednesday’s great average take numbers. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for number of ducks bagged with Cinnamon Teal climbing into the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/26/19 were as follows:

53 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 24 Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 22 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 54 Green Wing Teal, 27 Cinnamon Teal, 15 Redheads, and 2 Ruddy Duck. Again, no Geese or Coots were taken at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 3.20 ducks per gun and, obviously, with no Geese and Coots to add in, 3.20 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 7 reservation cards issued 5 arrived on time for 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 – 10/27/19

The waterfowl average take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday bucked the usual trend and actually rose slightly from Saturday’s very low average take.  However, there were so few hunters at Wister the actual count of waterfowl taken actually went down 33%.  Pintail came in first for the most numerous bird bagged with Widgeon found in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/27/19 were as follows:

36 adult hunters and no junior hunters bagged 2 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 2 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, and 2 Blue Wing Teal. There were no Geese or Coots harvested at Wister on Sunday.  This resulted in an average of 1.28 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure in, 1.28 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 16 hunting parties arrived on time for 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 – 10/26/19

(NOTE: Wister has started to send out the weekend waterfowl counts as separate reports for Saturday and Sunday the morning after the hunt day.  Last season SoCalHunt was receiving Wister weekend hunt results reports as a single report on Monday or Tuesday.  SoCalHunt will publish these reports ASAP as soon as they are received so this report will cover Saturday only.  Sunday’s report will be published as soon as possible after it is received, most likely Monday.  If the reports are sent out as a single report for the weekend SoCalHunt will go back to publishing one report for the weekend as soon as possible after it is received.)

Waterfowl harvest totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday reflected a slight upward tick in the continued low averages.  For Saturday Cinnamon Teal climbed back into first for number of birds checked in with Mallards and Pintail tied for the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/26/19 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 33 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Mallards, 3 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 6 Green Wing Teal, 8 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese downed at Wister on Saturday.  8 Coots were also added to the count on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 1.05 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, a 1.17 waterfowl average for each person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 26 showed up on time for 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.


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