Archive for November, 2020



Ready, Set…Oops! I’ve Got to Go Back to My Truck. Morning Check-in Please Be Ready

As we all know, this year’s a little different.  Due to that check station operations at San Jacinto Wildlife Area have been affected.  Tom Trakes asked me to post a reminder for everybody that they need to be totally ready to go when they reach the check station counter. 

Tom requested that I pass along the necessity to be completely ready to check in and quickly pick you hunting spot so that everybody has time to get out on the Wildlife Area and get set up before start time.  Be sure that everybody in your party is with you, that everybody has their licenses, required stamps, and your type A pass (and that the pass is filled out and signed) before you get to the counter.  There have been instances lately where folks have left licenses or passes in their trucks and have to go back to the parking lot to get them, many instances of the type A day pass not being filled out and even some instances where a member or two of the hunting party checking in isn’t with the other members that are at the counter checking in.

All this slows things down and results in delaying everyone from getting out to their hunting spot with time to set up.  It could even adversely affect your hunt as, even if you were a low draw and got out with plenty of time to set up, the guys in the neighboring blind might be just getting there a few minutes before start time and spook all those nice big birds that were sitting on your pond just waiting for the start horn. 

So, bottom lining it, please have all your ducks in a row (pun intended) before your turn at the check station counter and it will be a big help with things going smoothly and getting everybody out to their hunting spots with time to spare.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/11/20

The waterfowl average at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area headed back upward, but only slightly, compared to Sunday’s usual low numbers.  Pintail were the most numerous bird checked in with Shovelers and Snow Geese found in a tie for the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/11/20 were as follows:

125 adult and 10 junior hunters harvested 40 Northern Shoveler, 4 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 43 Pintail, 15 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 9 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 2 Common Mergansers, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.   There were 40 Snow Geese downed at Wister on Wednesday.  In addition, 1 Coot was taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average bag of 1.36 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added, 1.67 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 30 hunters showed up in time to get their hunting spot.

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.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/11/20

The average bag of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area shot upward substantially as compared to Saturday’s average with weather conditions that started off with below freezing temperatures in the morning topping out with temperatures just short of 70 under sunny skies.  Green Wing Teal took over first placefor number of birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal remaining in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/11/20 were as follows:

177 adult and 12 junior hunters checked in with 71 Northern Shovelers, 44 Mallards, 71 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 36 Pintail, 224 Green Wing Teal, 131 Cinnamon Teal, 13 Redheads, 32 Ring Necks, 7 Scaup, 18 Bufflehead, 2 Wood Ducks, and 15 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 Snow Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  In addition, 13 Coots were checked in on Wednesday.  This figured out to a harvest average of 3.62 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.70 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 32 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, Sunday – 11/8/20

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area took its usual Sunday nosedive as compared to Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for most birds bagged with Ruddy Ducks coming in at the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/8/20 were as follows:

87 adult and 5 junior hunters harvested 7 Northern Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 13 Ruddy Ducks.   There were 9 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  Also, 5 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This showed an average harvest of 0.85 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.00 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 25 hunter arrived on time to claim their spot.

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.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/7/20

The average bag of ducks at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday actually dropped just slightly from Wednesday’s average, however, due to the opening of the Light Geese season, the waterfowl take average actually when up some.  Snow Geese jumped into first place, big time, for highest number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal showing up in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/7/20 were as follows:

218 adult and 13 junior hunters harvested 63 Northern Shoveler, 42 Mallard, 52 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 81 Pintail, 86 Green Wing Teal, 84 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 8 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Common Merganser, and 17 Ruddy Ducks.   There were 100 Snow Geese and 71 Ross’ Geese harvested at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.03 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese worked into the total, 2.79 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 53 hunting parties showed up on time to get their spot.

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.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/7/20

The waterfowl average take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area remained almost exactly the same as Wednesday’s average under rainy skies that even brought a little hail, and temperatures just barely getting into the 50s.  Gadwall climbed into first place for most numerous bird bagged with Cinnamon Teal being found in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/7/20 were as follows:

172 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in with 24 Northern Shovelers, 29 Mallards, 59 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Redheads, 23 Ring Necks, 7 Scaup, 26 Bufflehead, and 23 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  Also, 28 Coots were bagged on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 1.60 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.75 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 24 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 11/4/20

The waterfowl bag average for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped somewhat from Saturday’s very good average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall and Pintail in a tie for the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/4/20 were as follows:

47 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 82 Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 15 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 15 Pintail, 5 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.     There were no Geese or Coots checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  This brought the average bag to 2.80 ducks per hunter and, of course, with no Geese and Coots taken, 2.80 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 – 11/4/20

The average waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped back up into the good category from Sunday’s usual low average.  Pintail took over first place for most numerous bird checked in with shovelers showing up in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/4/20 were as follows:

85 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 41 Northern Shoveler, 12 Mallard, 27 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 44 Pintail, 25 Green Wing Teal, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 2 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.   There was 1 Canada goose and 1 Cackling Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  In addition, 6 Coots were brought into the check station at Wister on Wednesday.  This brought the averages to 2.31 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.40 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 28 hunting parties showed up on time to get their spot.

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.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/4/20

The average harvest of ducks at San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped slightly from Saturday’s average under clear conditions that pushed into the low 90s. Green Wing Teal and Shovelers tied for first place for number of birds checked in with Gadwall and Ring Necks showing up tied for the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/4/20 were as follows:

129 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 39 Northern Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 34 Gadwall,9 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 39 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 34 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday. 18 Coots were also taken on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.63 ducks per person or, with the Coots added in, 1.77 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 25 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 10/31/20

The average waterfowl take for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked up just slightly    from Wednesday’s very good average.  Shovelers were once again found in first place for number of birds harvested with Gadwall retaining the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/31/20 were as follows:

52 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 72 Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 27 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 22 Pintail, 13 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Redheads, 6 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Eurasian Widgeon, and 1 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at Kern on Saturday.  In addition, a lone Coot was taken at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 3.62 ducks per person or, with the Coot included, 3.64 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, Sunday – 11/1/20

As is usual for Sundays during the season the waterfowl average harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped significantly from Saturday’s    average.   Again, Green Wing Teal came in at first place for number of birds harvested with Pintail holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/1/20 were as follows:

60 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 5 Northern Shoveler, 1 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads,1 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.   Again, there were no Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  7 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.89        ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.00 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 20 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.


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