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

The Waterfowl harvest average at San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed virtually the same as Saturday’s average on a New Year’s Day with partly cloudy weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid-60s.  The most numerous bird checked in was Green Wing Teal, again, with Shovelers taking over the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/1/20 were as follows:

139 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 76 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 47 Gadwall, 7 Pintail, 83 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 3 Canvasbacks, 2 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were harvested at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 10 Coots were also taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.79 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in the average, 1.86 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 21 showed up in 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:

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 –

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.


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