Archive for October, 2020

Toxic Algae Found at San Jacinto Wildlife Area – Use Caution – Leave the Dog at Home

Tom Trakes of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area advised that water testing done at the Wildlife Area has shown elevated levels of toxic Algae in the ponds at SJWA and also on Mystic lake.  This algae can be dangerous and has the potential to harm people and kill animals.  Tom advised me that the algae tested within dangerous levels at the southeastern end of Mystic lake, near Bridge Street, and within Caution levels on the rest of Mystic Lake and just about all the ponds on SJWA. 

The most important message here, for now, is that hunters with dogs will probably want to leave their furry hunting partners at home if you’re hunting in the next few weeks.  Hunting will still be allowed on the majority of the Wildlife Area, but caution needs to be exercised.  Due to the elevated levels in the southeast end of Mystic Lake the three blinds nearest Bridge Street will be closed but the rest of the blinds at San Jacinto will still be opened.  Obviously you don’t want to drink any of the water from the ponds (like anybody would want to do that anyway).  Please refer to the photos of the caution and danger signs posted here for details. 

Water testing will be ongoing, and Tom expects that the problem will clear in a few weeks as the weather cools down a bit.  Tom will keep hunters advised at the morning briefing on each hunt day.  I’ll post updates here as Tom advises me.

Bottom line here is, keep your dog at home for the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully this will clear fast and we can get back to business as usual as far as hunting goes at SJWA.

So…2020 hits again.  I’m just waiting for the man-eating Piranha/Mallard hybrids to migrate down here to make the year complete.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 10/28/20

The average bag of waterfowl for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped off a little from opening day’s excellent average but remained very good.  Shovelers held on to first place for number of birds checked in with Gadwall taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/28/20 were as follows:

60 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 64 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 20 Pintail, 25 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 19 Redheads, 2 Canvasback, 9 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup (oops), 4 Bufflehead, 1 Surf Scooter, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were 4 Ross’ Geese and 1 Snow Goose taken at Kern on Wednesday.  1 Coot was bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 3.41 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 3.51 waterfowl per hunter. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

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, Wednesday – 10/28/20

Hunters continued harvesting a decent average at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, only dropped off slightly from Sunday’s good average.  Green Wing Teal held onto first place for the most birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal retaining the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/28/20 were as follows:

111 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 20 Northern Shoveler, 7 Mallards, 14 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 38 Pintail, 85 Green Wing Teal, 42 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 6 Ring Necks, 1 Hooded Merganser, and 21 Ruddy Ducks.  Again, no Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  In addition, 10 Coots were checked in on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.05 ducks per person or, with the Coots added in, 2.13 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 40 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

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.

(Note* – After indicating that Wister will be sending out their reports one time a week, sometime after the Sunday hunt, Wister sent the report on Wednesday’s hunt on Wednesday evening.  No matter how Wister provides these reports rest assured SoCalHunt will attempt to get the hunt results posted as soon as possible after they are received.)

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/28/20

Hunting results for Wednesday at San Jacinto Wildlife Area headed upward from the disappointing opening day average under clear skies and temperatures that just touched the 80s.  Cinnamon Teal held onto first place for number of birds checked in with Shovelers taking over the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/28/20 were as follows:

 156 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 72 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 16 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 144 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Redheads, 11 Ring Necks, 17 Bufflehead, 1 Wood Duck, and 14 Ruddy Ducks.  There was a single Snow Geese downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  There were also 62 Coots bagged on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average take of 2.18 ducks per gun or, with the Goose and Coots included, 2.58 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 35 showed up on time to claim their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line 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 web site 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, Saturday – 10/24/20 and Sunday – 10/25/20

The 2020/21 season opening waterfowl harvest average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area came in with great averages for opening day, three times what last year’s opener produced.  For Saturday Green Wing Teal took first place for number of birds harvested with Cinnamon Teal holding the second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/24/20 were as follows:

327 adult and 33 junior hunters bagged 16 Northern Shovelers, 45 Mallards, 22 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 117 Pintail, 625 Green Wing Teal, 408 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 19 Ring Necks, 4 Buffleheads, 6 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Surf Scooters, and 4 Ruddy Duck.  There were no Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 28 Coots were brought in on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 3.60 ducks per gun or, with the Coots figured in, a 3.68 waterfowl average for each hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 72 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, dropped off just a bit from Saturday’s great season opening numbers but were still good averages.  Green Wing Teal were, once again, the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal holding on to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/25/20 were as follows:

152 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 4 Northern Shoveler, 22 Mallards, 4 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 33 Pintail, 220 Green Wing Teal, 61 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redhead, 6 Ring Necks, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 14 coots included in the take on Sunday.  This resulted in a per hunter average of 2.35 ducks and, with the Coots included, 2.44 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 36 hunting parties arrived on time to claim their spots.

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.

(Note* – As of this report it appears that Wister will be sending out their reports one time a week, sometimes after the Sunday hunt.  If this is how the reports come out Wednesday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s hunt results will be posted as soon as they are received, sometime between late Sunday night and Tuesday.)

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 10/24/20

The average take for the 2020/21 waterfowl season opener for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge showed excellent averages for the hunters partaking, although it was just slightly less than last year’s opener averages. Shovelers came in way out in front for first place for number of birds harvested with Green Wing Teal in the second spot with exactly half the birds checked in as Shovelers.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/24/20 were as follows:

55 adult and 4 junior hunters checked in with 100 Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 23 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 50 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 13 Redheads, 2 Canvasback, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There was a lone Snow Goose bagged at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 4.34 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose included, 4.36 waterfowl for each person. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

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, Saturday – 10/24/20

Hunting results for opening day of the 2020/21 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area were fairly disappointing, with the average take almost half of what last years opener produced.  This mediocre average bird harvest was chalked up by the opening day hunters under partly cloudy skies and temperatures topping out in the neighborhood of 70 degrees.  Cinnamon Teal were the number one bird harvested for the opener with Ruddy Ducks coming in second for number of birds taken.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/24/20 were as follows:

 226 adult and 19 junior hunters bagged 36 Northern Shovelers, 35 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 21 Green Wing Teal, 194 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 22 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, 4 Wood Ducks, and 61 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were also 25 Coots checked in on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.68 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots figured in, 1.78 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 34 showed up on time to claim their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line 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 web site 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.

Large Group of Volunteers Show Up for San Jacinto’s Volunteer Blind Clean Up / Work Day Saturday, October 3rd

About 40 volunteers were in attendance bright and early on Saturday, October 3rd at the SJWA check station parking lot for this year’s final volunteer clean-up/blind brush-up work day. After a short appropriately socially distanced meeting in the lot Tom sent the volunteers to their assignments to clean-up, repair, and brush-up several of the hunting area’s blinds.  One of the main goals of this work day was to clean out the excess growth on the dike leading to the Mobility Impaired blinds.  Several blinds were also repaired and brushed up with palm fronds

Tom and his crew at SJWA, (along with myself), would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that showed up and worked so hard to get things in ship-shape for the fast approaching waterfowl season. 

After the work day, some of the volunteers retired to Marcello’s Pizza Restaurant for a well-deserved lunch.

The volunteers on these work days are essential.  Even more so this year than usual due to COVID restrictions and the SJ staff’s small crew this year.  I know that everyone the utilizes the San Jacinto Wildlife Area appreciates the effort and the volunteers deserve a big “think you”.

Tom told me that they will soon have the plan finalized for the changes in check-in procedures, sweatline, and refill for this season due to the COVID restrictions.  As soon as SoCalHunt has the info it will be posted here.  Watch for it soon.

SJWA’s Pastor Jessie Passes – Services Upcoming

Pastor Jessie Martinez, Son in law of Tom Trakes, passes away September 25 from renal failure, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.  Many of we hunters at San Jacinto know Pastor Jessie, especially if you attended the Junior Waterfowl Hunt the last few years.  Pastor Jessie gave the invocation for the Junior Hunt lunch.  He also gave a dedication prayer in 2017 dedicating the waterfowl season to Brian Frazier, an SJWA regular, who was killed in the horrible Las Vegas mass shooting just weeks before. 

Another activity Jessie was always involved in was playing Santa Claus for the SJWA Bryant Park Preschool toy give away each year.  He’s the guy that gave out all the toys the San Jacinto hunters donated to the annual toy drive.  Jessie also played Santa at many Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks events.  Jessie thrilled thousands of children over the years portraying Santa Claus at both the Bryant Park Preschool event and several Valley-Wide events.

Jessie has been married to Tom’s daughter for 20 years. In 2013 they fostered a little boy Ayden and little Girl Riley for almost 3 years before the children were sent back to their dad. In 2016 the children came back into the system and went back to the Martinez’s.  In 2018 they were finally able to adopt them. Ayden is 11 and Riley is 9 years old.

Jessie worked for Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks for about 3 years. He was a part of Calvary Chapel of San Jacinto where he served as a youth leader and youth pastor for about 6 years.  He was ordained by Calvary Chapel of San Jacinto (which is now 412 church) in 2003.  He also started the Calvary Chapel of Duluth Minnesota and was there for 5 years. On his return to California, he started a small church at the Cross Fellowship and was the pastor there until his medical problems overtook him.  

Memorial services for Jessie will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 2 pm at 412 Church 1450 W 7th Street, San Jacinto.  All are welcome to attend.

Last-Minute Items Requested for SJWA’s Saturday, Oct. 3rd Brush Up Day.

Tom Trakes of the San Jacinto Wildlife has asked me to pass along the following for anyone planning on attending this Saturday’s, October 3rd, volunteer work day.  Tom advised that they need to clean up some overgrown walkways out to some of the blinds and they also need to do some carpentry work on the Mobility Impaired blinds.  To is asking that anyone that has pruners to bring them along and if a couple people have chain saws, (and know how to safely use them) they would be a great help also.  If a couple of the volunteers have carpentry skills Tom also requested that you bring along some of your carpentry tools as the two Mobility Impaired blinds at SJ need some repair also.

As always, palm fronds are still needed so if you. Can bring along a few of those that would be great also. 

Details on the Volunteer Workday can be found here (just so I don’t have to re-type everything). 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/october-3rd-san-jacinto-wildlife-area-2nd-volunteer-clean-up-brush-up-work-day-in-preparation-for-duck-opener/

If you still have any questions you can contact Tom Trakes at the San Jacinto headquarters at (951) 236-3040, or the San Jacinto staff at (951) 928-0580.

Here’s hoping we have at least as good a turnout as last time so we can get the work done early before it gets really hot.  Don’t forget plenty of water, sunscreen, and mosquito repellant. 


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