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 –

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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