Archive for January, 2020

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/29/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked upward compared to Saturday’s average. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

131 adult hunters and no junior hunters harvested 78 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 79 Gadwall, 15 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 144 Green Wing Teal, 99 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Ruddy Ducks, and 1 Duck listed as “other”. No Geese were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  Also, 11 Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  The figured out to an average bag of 3.69 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 3.78 waterfowl per gun. Out of 15 reservations issued, 12 showed up on time for their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, in a week and a half on Saturday, February 8th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family you can hunt Kern’s Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday, 2/8/19. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt he or she can still get in on the drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/29/20

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rocketed upward compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  Again, Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird taken with Gadwall climbing into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

159 adult hunters and 9 junior hunters took 59 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 114 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 73 Pintail, 171 Green Wing Teal, 62 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Bufflehead, and 2 Blue Wing Teal. 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 3.00 ducks per person or, with the Geese figured in, 3.04 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued 37 hunting parties came in on time to get their spot.

So, the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season is in the books. Junior hunters have two more chances at the ducks at Wister, in a week and a half, February 8th and 9th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family you can get in on the Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday and Sunday, 2/8 & 2/9/20. If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt weekend he or she can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

 

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/29/20

Due to the extended season this year we got an extra hunt day to finish up the season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  The average waterfowl take for the regular season closer at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Headed backmupward compared to Saturday’s average on a day with windy weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid 60s.   Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall found in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

151 adult and 7 junior hunters harvested 36 Northern Shovelers, 14 Mallards, 40 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 17 Pintail, 74 Green Wing Teal, 31 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were 4 Canada Geese downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday. Also, 2 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.47 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.51 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation issued 28 showed up in time to claim their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, in a week and a half on Saturday, February 8th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family, here’s hoping you’ll take advantage of San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday, 2/8/19. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt he or she can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at SJ at 3 AM to get their name in on the sweatline drawing.  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 1/25/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped a bit compared to Wednesday’s average. Cinnamon Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall holding on to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

111 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters harvested 52 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 75 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 46 Green Wing Teal, 89 Cinnamon Teal, 41 Redheads, 7 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 4 Bufflehead. No Geese were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  Also, a lone Coot was downed at Kern on Saturday.  The figured out to an average bag of 3.04 ducks per hunter or, with the Coot added in, 3.05 waterfowl per gun. There was no info given regarding how many reservation holders showed up on time for their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season, it is now too late to put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

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 – 1/25/20, and Sunday 1/26/20

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped a little compared to Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

191 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters took 65 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 46 Pintail, 263 Green Wing Teal, 68 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1Canvaasback, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was downed at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 2.60 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 2.64 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued 34 hunting parties came in on time to get their spot.

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area plummeted compared to Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal were again the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal holding on to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/26/20 were as follows:

70 adult hunters and 1 junior hunters took 9 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 6 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 10 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  5 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average harvest of 0.89 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.10 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued — hunting parties came in on time to get their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.  At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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 – 1/25/20

The per hunter waterfowl average harvest at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped compared to Wednesday’s average on a day with partly cloudy weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid 70s.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal climbing into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

160 adult and 14 junior hunters checked in with 19 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 22 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 46 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 3 Bufflehead, and 21 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese shot at San Jacinto on Saturday. Also, 15 Coots were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.87 ducks or, with the Coots added in, 0.95 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards sent out 25 showed in time to get their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season, it is now too late to put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is at 3:30 AM.

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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/22/20

The average take of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed upward compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers held on to first position for the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/22/20 were as follows:

90 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took 92 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 83 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 24 Pintail, 58 Green Wing Teal, 48 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Ruddy Duck. There were no Geese or Coots checked in at Kern on Wednesday. This came out to an average take of 3.76 ducks per person or, obviously, with no Geese or Coots to include, 3.76 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 15 reservations issued 6 hunters showed up on time to get their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season, it is now too late to put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

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.

 


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