Archive for December, 2020

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/20/20

The average waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area headed downward compared to Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal again held on to first place for most birds checked in with Gadwall taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/20/20 were as follows:

58 adult and 4 junior hunters took home 5 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 16 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 27 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  4 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  Also, 11 Coots were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 1.15 ducks per hunter or with the Geese and Coot included, 1.39 waterfowl per person. Out of the 104 reservations issued 21 hunters showed 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/19/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area Stayed almost the same as compared to Sunday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds taken with Pintail taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/19/20 were as follows:

152 adult and 11 junior hunters harvested 41 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 42 Gadwall, 80 Pintail, 191 Green Wing Teal, 53 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Surf Scooter, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  3 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Saturday.  Also, 1 Coot was brought in at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.66 ducks per person or with the Geese and Coot included, 2.69 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 33 hunters came in 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 – 12/19/20

The average waterfowl take for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area nosedived as compared to Wednesday’s averages under clear skies with temps starting out just below 40 and ending up just touching the 70s.  Shovelers took over first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal slipping back into second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/19/20 were as follows:

206 adult and 10 junior hunters took home 76 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 31 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 56 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Canvasbacks, 11 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. 76 Coots were taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 1.02 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.38 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 39 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

San Jacinto’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 6th, 2021.  New state regulations, which went into effect 5 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: 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 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 12/16/20

The average waterfowl take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday stayed relatively the same as compared to Saturday’s average.  Shovelers jumped up into first place for most birds checked in with Gadwall dropping down to second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/16/20 were as follows:

100 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 120 Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 69 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 30 Pintail, 58 Green Wing Teal, 16 Cinnamon Teal, 16 Redhead, 14 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, and 1 Hooded Merganser.  No Geese or Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 3.67 ducks per gun or, obviously, with no the Geese and Coots to work in, 3.67 waterfowl average for each 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 – 12/16/20

The waterfowl average take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area Jumped upward from Sunday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds bagged with Gadwall taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/16/20 were as follows:

119 adult and 4 junior hunters walked away with 42 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 32 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 73 Pintail, 135 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese or Coots were harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 2.72 ducks per gun or, obviously, with no Geese and Coots to include, 2.72 waterfowl per person. Out of the 104 reservations issued 35 hunters came in 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 – 12/16/20

The waterfowl average bag for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area jumped up quite a bit as compared to Saturday’s averages under cloudy conditions with temperatures starting in the low 40s and ending up in the low 70s. Green Wing Teal took over the first spot for most birds checked in with Shovelers dropping to second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/12/20 were as follows:

164 adult and 8 junior hunters harvested 133 Northern Shovelers, 25 Mallards, 69 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 152 Green Wing Teal, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 5 Canvasbacks, 16 Bufflehead, and 15 Ruddy Ducks.  2 Snow Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  Also, 8 Coots were brought in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.58 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.62 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 24 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

San Jacinto’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 6th, 2021.  New state regulations, which went into effect 5 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: 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 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 12/12/20

The average waterfowl harvest at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday jumped upward compared to Wednesday’s average.  Gadwall and Shovelers swapped places again for first place for most birds taken with the Spooneys dropping to second behind the Gadwall.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/12/20 were as follows:

88 adult and 3 junior hunters took home 112 Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 121 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 24 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead,1 Canvasback, 11 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  No Coots or Geese were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 3.71 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to add in, 3.71 waterfowl average 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/13/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped slightly from Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held first place again for most birds harvested with Gadwall jumping into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/13/20 were as follows:

45 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 5 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 19 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 27 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 6 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone Snow Goose was bagged at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 1.72 ducks per person or, with the Goose added, 1.74 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued only 10 hunting parties arrived in 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/12/20

The average waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped a little from Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal easily retained first place for most numerous bird checked in with Pintail jumping up into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/12/20 were as follows:

197 adult and 12 junior hunters harvested 70 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 65 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 73 Pintail, 187 Green Wing Teal, 57 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Canvasbacks, 8 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  1 Cackling Goose, 17 Snow Geese, and 1 Ross’ Goose were downed at Wister on Saturday.  A lone Coot was brought down at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to a per gun average bag of 2.31 ducks or, with the Geese and Coot included, 3.16 waterfowl per person. Out of the 104 reservations issued 41 hunting parties arrived in 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 – 12/12/20

The waterfowl average harvest for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid back a little as compared to Wednesday’s averages under clear skies that started in the low 40s and only got into the mid 50s.  Shovelers held on to first place formost birds taken with Green Wing Teal likewise holding on to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/12/20 were as follows:

184 adult and 13 junior hunters took home 94 Northern Shovelers, 35 Mallards, 48 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 72 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Canvasback, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, and 14 Ruddy Ducks.  4 Snow Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  2 Coots were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.56 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots worked in, 1.59 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 41 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive, this year to benefit The Knotts Family Agency Foster Program.  If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids.  Toys for donation should be targeted for 3 to 7-year-old boys and girls.  This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-begins/

San Jacinto’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 6th, 2021.  New state regulations, which went into effect 5 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: 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 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 12/9/20

The average waterfowl take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday climbed slightly compared to Saturday’s average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most birds bagged with Gadwall holding on to the second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/9/20 were as follows:

47 adult and no junior hunters took home 37 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 3 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone White Front Goose was bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.23 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose figured in, 2.26 waterfowl average 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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/9/20

The average waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as usual headed back up from Sunday’s usual low average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds bagged with Gadwall found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/9/20 were as follows:

99 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 55 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 67 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 60 Pintail, 74 Green Wing Teal, 38 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 7 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  9 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to a per person average take of 3.07 ducks or, with the Geese worked in, 3.16 waterfowl per hunter. Out of the 104 reservations issued 34 hunters 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/9/20

The average waterfowl take for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area went up slightly for ducks but went down slightly for all waterfowl due to a low Coot count today compared to Saturday’s averages under partly cloudy skies with temperatures starting out in the mid 40s, ending up in the mid 70s.  Shovelers swapped places with Green Wing Teal for first place for most birds bagged pushing the Green Wings to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/9/20 were as follows:

148 adult and 3 junior hunters scored 105 Northern Shovelers, 19 Mallards, 49 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 101 Green Wing Teal, 16 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 12 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  5 Coots were downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 2.15 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 2.18 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 24 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive, this year to benefit The Knotts Family Agency Foster Program.  If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids.  Toys for donation should be targeted for 3 to 7-year-old boys and girls.  This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-begins/

San Jacinto’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 6th, 2021.  New state regulations, which went into effect 5 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: 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 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.

Camping Closed at Wister Due to COVID-19

The state has closed Wister to camping due to the spike in COVID-19. San Jacinto was included in the camping ban even though there is no camp ground at SJ. Below is the text of the notice sent out by Scott Sewell, Senior Fish Wildlife Habitat Supervisor…

Hello all,

We have received formal direction from Sacramento that we are to not allow camping at any of our wildlife areas that include Wister and San Jacinto. This is a direction from the Governor’s office through our Directors Office and NOT of our regional management. We do not have a timeline for this closure but will certainly let you all know if and when it gets lifted. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly apricated, thank you.

Scott Sewell

Senior Fish Wildlife Habitat Supervisor

Department of Fish and Wildlife

WLM, R-6/IDR, Staffed Lands

SJWA (951)928-0580

IWA (760)359-0577

Scott.Sewell@Wildlife.ca.gov

…Let’s hope that’s all they close. Please wear your masks at the check station while checking in or out , no matter your view on them, so they don’t have an excuse to close things down completely.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday 12/5/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday ticked up slightly from Wednesday’s average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall retaining second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/5/20 were as follows:

63 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 44 Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redhead, 4 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  1 White Front Goose was downed at Kern on Saturday.  13 Coots where checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.81 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots worked in, 2.01 waterfowl average for each gun. 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 – 12/6/20

The average waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as usual headed downward from Saturday’s very good average.  Pintail and Green Wing Teal came in tied for first place for most birds taken with Shovelers slipping back into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/6/20 were as follows:

50 adult and 3 junior hunters took home 17 Northern Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 18 Pintail, 18 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  2 Canada Geese and 6 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Sunday.  7 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to a per person average take of 1.58 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.87 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued only 14 hunters 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 – 12/5/20

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped up quite a bit from Wednesday’s fair average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird checked in with Green Wing Teal found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/5/20 were as follows:

140 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 120 Northern Shoveler, 8 Mallards, 87 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 67 Pintail, 95 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 11 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. 1 Canada Goose and 2 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday.  7 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to a per hunter average bag of 3.10 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 3.17 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 36 hunters 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/5/20

The average bag of waterfowl for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area remained the same for ducks as compared to Wednesday’s average and rose just slightly for all waterfowl, due to a large take of Coots, under clear skies and temperatures starting in the high 30’s, topping out in the mid 70’s.  Green Wing Teal climbed into first place formost numerous bird bagged with Shovelers only one bird behind to take the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/5/20 were as follows:

180 adult and 8 junior hunters harvested 91 Northern Shovelers, 37 Mallards, 39 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 92 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 13 Bufflehead, and 17 Ruddy Ducks.    A lone Snow Goose was downed at San Jacinto on Saturday. 87 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.80 ducks per gun or, with the Goose and Coots included, 2.27 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 31 showed up in time to claim their hunting spot.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive, this year to benefit The Knotts Family Agency Foster Program.  If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids.  Toys for donation should be targeted for 3 to 7-year-old boys and girls.  This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-begins/

San Jacinto’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 6th, 2021.  New state regulations, which went into effect 5 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: 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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 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 – 11/25/20, Saturday 11/28/20, and Wednesday 12/2/20

Ok, it looks like Kern has resolved their computer issue so here’s the last three hunt days in one report…

The average take of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed a bit from Saturday’s average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall still in second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/25/20 were as follows:

60 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 57 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 44 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  Also, 2 Coots where downed at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to a per hunter average take of 2.28 ducks or, with the Coots added in, 2.31 waterfowl average for each gun. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge slipped back somewhat from Wednesday’s average.  Shovelers and Gadwall swapped places for most numerous bird taken with Gadwall taking over first and Shovelers sliding to second. The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/28/20 were as follows:

60 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 18 Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 46 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser, and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  Again, there were no Geese were downed at Kern on Saturday.  3 Coots where were also checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.70 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.74 waterfowl average for each gun. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

The average waterfowl harvest at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday slipped just slightly from Saturday’s average.  Gadwall and Shovelers swapped places again with Shovelers taking back first place for most birds brought in to the check station and Gadwall slipping back to second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/2/20 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took home 36 Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 31 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Ruddy Ducks, and 1 unknown duck listed as a “hybrid”.  There was also 1 White Front Goose bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  No Coots where taken at Kern on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.62 ducks per person or, with the Goose added in, 1.63 waterfowl average for each 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 – 12/2/20

The average bag of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped back into fair territory from Sunday’s usual low average.  Shovelers took over first place for number of birds taken with Pintail found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/2/20 were as follows:

62 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took 30 Northern Shoveler, 5 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 12 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redhead, 4 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  7 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  Also, a lone Coot was downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.73 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot included, 1.86 waterfowl per person. Out of the 104 reservations issued only 18 hunters came in 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.


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