San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The conclusion of the 2019/2020 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

4467 adult and 323 junior hunters (4790 hunters total) harvested a total of 1383 Northern Shovelers, 524 Mallards, 1104 Gadwall, 292 Widgeon, 234 Pintail, 1538 Green Wing Teal, 1509 Cinnamon Teal, 193 Redheads, 19 Canvasbacks, 324 Ring Necks, 34 Scaup, 172 Bufflehead, 19 Goldeneye, 19 Wood Ducks, 15 Blue Wing Teal, 23 Mergansers, and 330 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were also 5 Canada Geese, 6 Ross’ Geese, 10 Snow Geese, and 4 White Front Geese taken at San Jacinto this season. 360 Coots were also checked in for the 2019/2020 season at SJ. This figured out to a total of 7759 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 8119 waterfowl taken for the season. The per gun average take for 2019/2020 season came out to 1.62 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.69 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 584 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 51 fewer junior hunters for a total of 533 more hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were -309 Northern Shovelers, +203 Mallards, +83 Gadwall, -429 Widgeon, +141 Pintail, -79 Green Wing Teal, +542 Cinnamon Teal, +93 Redheads, +7 Canvasbacks, +17 Ring Necks, +14 Scaup, -215 Bufflehead, +12 Goldeneye, +10 Wood Ducks, +6 Blue Wing Teal, +13 Mergansers, +1 Whistling Duck (0 last season), +1 Surf Scooter (0 last season), and -116 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers, there were -3 Cackling Geese (0 this season), +4 Canada Geese, +5 Ross’ Geese, +7 Snow Geese, and -12 White Front Geese.

There were also -329 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -23 Ducks and Geese taken compared to last season and, with the Coots included, -352 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.21 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.30 waterfowl this season over last season.

In contrast to last season, these numbers show a slight downward trend in general although some species take was up and others were down over last season. There were also more hunters this season than last, although fewer Junior Hunters which brought the per hunter bird average down a bit.  Hopefully, we’ll get some good rains between now and the end of our rainy season to keep Mystic Lake filled and we’ll get some well-timed weather up north early next season to send the birds down to us.  We can also optimistically hope there will be a great spring hatch up north and the numbers will continue to rise for the 2020/2021 season.



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