Archive for December, 2019

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/28/18

The Waterfowl per hunter average at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed upward again compared to last Saturday’s average harvest (there was no hunting this past Wednesday due to Christmas falling on Wednesday). Shovelers were the most numerous duck taken with Green Wing Teal again holding the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/19 were as follows:

117 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 130 Shovelers, 21 Mallards, 81 Gadwall, 53 Widgeon, 37 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, 63 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 14 Bufflehead, and 2 Mergansers. A lone White Fronted Goose was downed at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  The duck average worked out to 4.42 per gun or, with the Goose included in the average, 4.43 waterfowl per person. Out of 11 reservation cards, 7 arrived on 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/21/19

Waterfowl Averages at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge jumped upward compared to Wednesday’s average harvest. The first place for most numerous ducks checked in was taken by Gadwalls with Green Wing Teal retaining their second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/21/19 were as follows:

131 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 68 Shovelers, 68 Mallards, 125 Gadwall, 42 Widgeon, 21 Pintail, 98 Green Wing Teal, 47 Cinnamon Teal, 24 Redheads, 5 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, and 8 Ruddy Ducks. Again, no Geese were taken at Kern on Saturday.  11 Coots were downed at Kern on Saturday.  The average number of ducks came out to 3.78 per hunter or, with the Coots added into the average, 3.86 waterfowl per gun. Out of 11 reservation cards, 7 showed on time to get 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, Saturday – 12/28/19 and Sun day 12/29/19

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area skyrocketed compared to last Sunday’s usual low average (there was no hunting this past Wednesday due to Christmas falling on Wednesday).  The most numerous bird taken was Green Wing Teal with Cinnamon Teal found in second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/19 were as follows:

123 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters checked in with 19 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 51 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 66 Pintail, 223 Green Wing Teal, 76 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 5 Bufflehead, 5 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 1 Snow Goose was harvested at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average harvest of 3.58 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coots included, 3.61 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards, 31 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average Waterfowl harvest for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped back down compared to Saturday’s great average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most numerous bird taken with Pintail climbing into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/29/19 were as follows:

40 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 7 Northern Shovelers, 11 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 33 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead, and 2 Mergansers. No Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were 2 Coots downed at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average take of 1.71 ducks per gun or, with the Coots figured in, 1.76 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards, 12 showed up on time to get 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/28/19

The average Waterfowl bag at San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped slightly from last Saturday’s average (since there was no hunting on Wednesday due to Christmas falling on Wednesday) on a day with clear, sunny weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid 50s. Green Wing Teal were again the most numerous bird harvested with Gadwall showing up in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/19 were as follows:

185 adult and 10 junior hunters harvested 59 Northern Shovelers, 26 Mallards, 67 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 36 Pintail, 77 Green Wing Teal, 38 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 7 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 6 Bufflehead, and 16 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. 8 Coots were also downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.76 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included in the average, 1.81 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 30 showed on time for their hunting spot.

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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/22/19

The average harvest of Waterfowl from the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as is usual for Sunday, nosedived compared to Saturday’s good average.  Number one position for most numerous bird checked in was Green Wing Teal again with Pintail holding on to second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/22/19 were as follows:

58 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters took 2 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Merganser. There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  3 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to a per person average of 0.80 ducks or, with the Coots included, 0.85 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards 8 arrived on time to pick their hunting area.

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 – 12/21/19

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area headed upward compared to Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first spot for the most numerous bird checked in with Pintail holding on to their second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/21/19 were as follows:

128 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 14 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 53 Pintail, 118 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 12 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average bag of 2.10 ducks per person or, with the Coots added in, 2.13 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued, 32 showed up in time to claim 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/21/19

The Waterfowl average take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid downward from Wednesday’s good average on a day with mostly cloudy weather conditions and temperatures that just touched 70 degrees. Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped spots again with Green Wing Teal the most numerous bird harvested with Shovelers sliding back to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/21/19 were as follows:

159 adult and 7 junior hunters checked in with 71 Northern Shovelers, 22 Mallards, 39 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 20 Pintail, 109 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, 9 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday. 7 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.90 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots worked in, 1.95 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time to get their hunting spot.

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.

 

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

The Waterfowl average take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed only slightly compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  The most numerous bird harvested was Green Wing Teal with Pintail occupying the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/18/19 were as follows:

87 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 17 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 39 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Redheads, 5 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck. There was single Cackling Goose taken at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday. This came out to an average bag of 1.50 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose included, 1.51 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards 25 arrived on time to get 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, Wednesday – 12/18/18

Average Waterfowl take for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge headed upward compared to Saturday’s average bag. Shovelers retained first place for number of ducks harvested with Green Wing Teal holding on to the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/18/19 were as follows:

76 adult hunters and no junior hunters checked in with 82 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 29 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 11 Redheads, and 6 Buffleheads. One Snow Goose and one White Fronted Goose were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  No Coots were bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  The average number of ducks worked out to 2.50 per person or, with the Geese included in the average, 2.53 waterfowl per gun. Out of 11 reservation cards, 9 arrived on time to claim their hunting 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 – 12/18/19

(Note:  This report was revised on 12/19/19 as San Jacinto sent out a corrected report this morning)

The per person Waterfowl average harvest for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area jumped up quite a bit from Saturday’s low numbers on a day with partly cloudy weather conditions and temperatures just getting into the 60s. The most numerous bird bagged was Shovelers with Green Wing Teal the second spot with Gadwall.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/18/19 were as follows:

136 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 72 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 66 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 66 Green Wing Teal, 33 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Redheads, 5 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 7 Coots were also taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.24 ducks per person or, with the Coots included, 2.29 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 25 showed up in time to for their hunting spot.

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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/15/19

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as usual for a Sunday dropped back compared to Saturday’s average.  Shovelers and Green Wing Teal tied for the most numerous bird bagged Pintail only one bird behind them in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/15/19 were as follows:

38 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 8 Northern Shovelers, 6 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck. There were no Geese taken at Wister on Sunday.  2 Coots were also taken at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average harvest of 0.87 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, 0.92 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservations issued 5 arrived on time to get 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 – 12/14/18

The Waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped quite a bit compared to Wednesday’s average take. The first place for number of ducks checked in was taken by Shovelers with Green Wing Teal and Gadwall tied for the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/14/19 were as follows:

75 adult hunters and 4 junior hunters harvested 37 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 18 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 15 Pintail, 18 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Merganser. No Geese or Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  The average number of ducks figured out to 1.56 per hunter and, with no Geese and Coots to add in to the average, obviously, 1.56 waterfowl per person. Out of 10 reservation cards issued 8 showed up in time to collect their hunting 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, Saturday – 12/14/19

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped a bit compared to Wednesday’s average.  The most numerous duck checked in was Pintail with Shovelers jumping up into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/14/19 were as follows:

132 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 40 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 44 Pintail, 38 Green Wing Teal, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 7 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. A single Snow Goose was harvested at Wister on Saturday.  A lone Coot was also checked in at Wister on Saturday. This added up to an average take of 1.31 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coot added in, 1.32 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 25 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/14/19

The average take of Waterfowl for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped some from Wednesday’s average on a day with partly cloudy weather conditions with morning fog and temperatures just touching 60 degrees. The most numerous bird taken was Green Wing Teal with Cinnamon Teal found in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/14/19 were as follows:

169 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 24 Northern Shovelers, 14 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 42 Green Wing Teal, 35 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 2 Canvasback, 10 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 11 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 16 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Saturday. In addition, 7 Coots were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.11 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.15 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards 32 arrived in time to claim their hunting spot.

(ATTENTION!  Wednesday, December 18th is the last day to donate to the toy drive!)  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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/11/19

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area headed back up compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  Green Wing Teal took over first place for most numerous bird checked in with Pintail sliding back to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/11/19 were as follows:

72 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took 27 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 29 Pintail, 39 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, and 1 Bufflehead. A single Canada Goose and a lone Snow Goose were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  13 Coots were also taken at Wister on Wednesday. This came out to an average bag of 1.73 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.93 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 12/11/18

The average take of Waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge jump upward compared to Saturday’s average count. Green Wing Teal and Shovelers swapped spots once again for number of ducks checked in with the Green Wings climbing back into first position and the Spooneys sliding back into the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/11/19 were as follows:

66 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters harvested 32 Shovelers, 15 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 37 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 27 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 6 Ruddy Ducks. Again, no Geese were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  2 Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  The average take worked out to 2.84 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in, 2.87 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 11 reservation cards issued 7 arrived in time to get their hunting 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 – 12/11/19

The average Waterfowl harvest at San Jacinto Wildlife Area rose just slightly from Saturday’s average on a day with mostly sunny weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid-60s. Gadwall climbed back into first place for most numerous bird checked in, but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal which showed up in the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/11/19 were as follows:

126 adult and 6 junior hunters harvested 33 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 41 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 40 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 8 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 2 Mergansers, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 23 Coots were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.42 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added, 1.59 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards 31 showed up on time to claim their 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.

 

Wednesday, December 25th – All State Wildlife Areas and Federal Refuges Closed for Hunting

As I write this it’s 16 days until Christmas.  I figured it was a good time, for planning purposes, to remind everyone that on Wednesday, December 25th, Christmas Day, our two So Cal State Wildlife Areas, San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Wister, along with our Federal Refuge, Kern NWR, as well as all other refuges and wildlife areas in the State, will be closed to hunting.  This is just a reminder as I’m sure most hunters were aware of this already.  So, if you get a new shotgun, pair of waders, or a new duck call from Santa or any other kind friend or relative you’ll have to wait until the next Saturday, December 28th, to try them out.  Here’s wishing staffs at San Jacinto, Wister, and Kern a Merry Christmas and a well-deserved day off with family and friends.  SoCalHunt would also like to wish all who read this a wonderful Christmas day and good luck when we get back to hunting on the 28th.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/7/18

Waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped some compared to Wednesday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal and Shovelers swapped places for number of birds taken honors with the Spooneys climbing into first place for number of ducks bagged and the Green Wings sliding back into the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/7/19 were as follows:

75 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters checked in with 33 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 24 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 16 Redheads, 2 Buffleheads, 1 Merganser, and 5 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese or Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  The average bag figured out to 1.60 ducks per hunter or, obviously with no Geese and Coots to add in, 1.60 waterfowl per person. Out of 11 reservation cards issued 8 showed up on 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, Saturday – 12/7/19, Sunday – 12/8/19

The Waterfowl average bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped some compared to Wednesday’s outstanding average.  Green Wing Teal took over first place for most numerous bird bagged with Pintail climbing into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/7/19 were as follows:

117 adult hunters and 9 junior hunters bagged 22 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 27 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 55 Pintail, 85 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 5 Bufflehead, and 4 Blue Wing Teal.  33 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were shot at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average take of 2.15 ducks per person or, with the Geese worked in, 2.41 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 23 showed on time to claim their spot.

The average take of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday nose-dived compared to Saturday’s good average.  Pintail took over first place for most numerous bird checked in with Snow Geese found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/8/19 were as follows:

58 adult hunters and 4 junior hunters checked in with 6 Northern Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 15 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Bufflehead. 11 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday.  5 Coots were also brought in to the check station at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to an average bag of 0.85 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.11 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 12 arrived on time to get 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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