Archive for January, 2021

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 1/31/21

The waterfowl average harvest for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped about a full bird per person as compared to Saturday’s average.  Shovelers again held on to first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal climbing back into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/31/21 were as follows:

105 adult and junior 6 hunters took home 97 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 30 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 15 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  11 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.88 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added to the total, 1.98 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued only 16 hunters arrived on time to get their hunting spot.

So, the 2020/2021 regular waterfowl season is in the books. Junior hunters have two more chances at the ducks at Wister, next weekend, February 6th and 7th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family you can get in on the Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday and Sunday, 2/6 & 2/7/21. If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt weekend he or she can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have two more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th at Wister.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.  And, of course, thanks for your service.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/30/21

The waterfowl average harvest for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose nearly half a bird per person as compared to Wednesday’s average.  Shovelers retained first place for most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/30/21 were as follows:

191 adult and junior 17 hunters bagged 216 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 40 Gadwall, 48 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 126 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 38 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Hooded Merganser, and 29 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese taken at Wister on Saturday.  9 Coots were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 3.15 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, 3.20 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations issued 30 hunters arrived on 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, Saturday – 1/30/21

The average waterfowl take for the regular season closerat the San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked up just slightly compared to Wednesday’s average under mostly clear skies with temperatures that started in the mid 30s and ended up just touching 60.  Shovelers took over first place for most birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal and Gadwall tied for the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/30/21 were as follows:

181 adult and 15 junior hunters harvested 62 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 44 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 44 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 17 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merganser, and 36 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  12 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.33 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, 1.39 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 25 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2020/2021 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, next week on Saturday, February 6th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family, here’s hoping you’ll take advantage of San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday, 2/6/21. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt he or she can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at SJ at 3 AM to get their name in on the sweatline drawing.  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have one more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday, February 13th  at San Jacinto.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at SJ at 3 AM to get your name in on the sweatline drawing.  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580. And, to all our Vets and Active Duty, thank you for your service.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday 1/27/21

The waterfowl average harvest at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday ticked up just slightly compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall taking over the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/21 were as follows:

113 adult and 5 junior hunters harvested 104 Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 68 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 33 Green Wing Teal, 52 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone White Front Goose was taken at Kern on Wednesday.  3 Coots were also downed at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 2.92 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots added in, 2.95 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 – 1/27/21

The average waterfowl take for Wednesday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped back up as compared to Sunday’s average.  Shovelers climber back into first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/21 were as follows:

123 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 123 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 27 Pintail, 68 Green Wing Teal, 38 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 7 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  Also, 3 Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.65 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added to the total, 2.73 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued 25 hunters arrived on 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 – 1/27/21

The average waterfowl harvest at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped quite a bit compared to Saturday’s average under partly cloudy skies with temperatures that started in the mid 30s and got into the mid 50s. Cinnamon Teal took over first place for most birds checked in with Shovelers holding on to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/21 were as follows:

166 adult and 12 junior hunters harvested 31 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 19 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redhead, 2 Scaup, 17 Bufflehead, and 17 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  9 Coots were also taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 0.93 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in to the total, 0.98 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 25 hunters arrived in time to get 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 1/23/21

The waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday plummeted compared to Wednesday’s great average but still wasn’t bad. Shovelers held on to first place for most birds collected with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal and Widgeon.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/21 were as follows:

111 adult and 5 junior hunters took home 94 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 40 Widgeon, 27 Pintail, 40 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 10 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  3 White Front Geese were harvested at Kern on Saturday.  1 Coot was bagged at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.68 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot worked in, 2.72 waterfowl per 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 – 1/24/21

The waterfowl average bag for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area took a dive as compared to Saturday’s average.  Cinnamon Teal held on to first place for most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal, Pintail, Shovelers, and Ruddy Ducks all in a four-way tie for the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/24/21 were as follows:

74 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 11 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 3 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 11 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese downed at Wister on Sunday.  2 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 1.06 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, 1.09 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations issued only 11 hunters showed up 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 – 1/23/21

The waterfowl average take for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped up almost a bird from Wednesday’s average.  Cinnamon Teal took over first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal sliding back to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/21 were as follows:

166 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 57 Northern Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 45 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 41 Pintail, 77 Green Wing Teal, 129 Cinnamon Teal, 18 Redheads, 8 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 16 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, and 14 Ruddy Ducks. 4 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday. 6 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.54 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added on, 2.59 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservations issued 30 hunters arrived 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, Saturday – 1/23/21

The waterfowl average take at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked up just slightly as compared to Wednesday’s average under rainy skies and temperatures that started in the low 40s and never even got into the 50s. Green Wing Teal jumped into first place for most birds bagged swapping spots with Shovelers which slid back into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/21 were as follows:

174 adult and 11 junior hunters harvested 92 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 17 Pintail, 114 Green Wing Teal, 42 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 4 Bufflehead, and 14 Ruddy Ducks. 2 Canada Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  72 Coots were also bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.76 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots worked in to the total, 2.16 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 21 hunters showed on time to get 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 1/20/21

The average harvest of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday skyrocketed by nearly 2 birds a person as compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers took over first place for most numerous bird bagged with Widgeon climbing into the second spot but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/21 were as follows:

91 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 102 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 46 Gadwall, 62 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 61 Green Wing Teal, 53 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  11 White Front Geese were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  There were no Coots collected at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 4.15 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 4.27 waterfowl per 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 – 1/20/21

The average bag of waterfowl for Wednesday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area went up some from Sunday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds checked in with Shovelers taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/21 were as follows:

90 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 37 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 42 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Common Merganser.  13 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 1.60 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 1.74 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued 21 hunters showed up on time to claim 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 – 1/20/21

The average waterfowl bag at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area jumped up a bit as compared to Saturday’s average under mostly clear skies with temperatures that started out in the mid 50s and only got up to the mid 60s. Shovelers took over first place for most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal falling back to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/21 were as follows:

151 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 67 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallard, 49 Gadwall, 27 Pintail, 61 Green Wing Teal, 31 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Canvasback, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  5 Coots were also downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.66 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.69 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 21 hunters arrived 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 1/16/21

The average take of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday Dropped some as compared to Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal took over first place for most birds taken with Shovelers coming in at the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/16/21 were as follows:

114 adult and 8 junior hunters took home 75 Shovelers, 16 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 34 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 84 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 8 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese or Coots checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 2.54 ducks per hunter and, obviously, with no Geese and Coots to include, 2.54 waterfowl per 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 – 1/17/21

The average harvest of waterfowl for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped significantly from Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds taken with Cinnamon Teal holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/17/21 were as follows:

79 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 13 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 8 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 23 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal,1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, and 3 Bufflehead.  2 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  In addition, 6 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.01 ducks per gun or with the Geese and Coots included 1.11 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations only 19 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 – 1/16/21

The average take of waterfowl for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area stayed relatively the same from Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal retained first place for most birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/16/21 were as follows:

195 adult and 11 junior hunters took home 92 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 52 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 70 Pintail, 115 Green Wing Teal, 94 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Scaup, 15 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 14 Ruddy Ducks.  2 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday. 4 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.25 ducks per hunter or with the Geese and Coots added in 2.28 waterfowl per person. No info was given on how many reservations were claimed.

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 – 1/16/21

The waterfowl average harvest for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed just about the same as compared to Wednesday’s average under clear skies that started out with temperatures in the high 40s and ended up in the mid 80s.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds checked in with Coots…ah, yeah…Coots taking over the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/16/21 were as follows:

167 adult and 9 junior hunters bagged 29 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 47 Green Wing Teal, 26 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 7 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser, and 13 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  42 Coots were also taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 0.90 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.14 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 33 hunting parties showed up on 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 1/13/21

The average harvest of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday headed upward again compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall retaining the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/13/21 were as follows:

102 adult and 4 junior hunters took home 85 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 57 Gadwall, 38 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 49 Green Wing Teal, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 13 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 19 Bufflehead, and 17 Ruddy Ducks.  1 Snow Goose and 1 White Front Goose were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  3 Coots were also bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 3.18 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 3.23 waterfowl 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 – 1/13/21

The waterfowl average bag for Wednesday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped about an entire bird per person from Sunday’s average.  Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for most birds taken with Shovelers found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/13/21 were as follows:

101 adult and 3 junior hunters took home 57 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 36 Pintail, 75 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  5 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were also downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.27 ducks per hunter or with the Geese and Coots included 2.34 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 23 hunters arrived in 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 – 1/13/21

The waterfowl average take for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Stayed just about the same as compared to Saturday’s average under clear skies that started in the low 40s and ended up in the high 70s. Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal showing up in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/13/21 were as follows:

148 adult and 4 junior hunters took home 30 Northern Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 40 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Bufflehead, and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  9 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 0.98 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.04 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 25 hunting parties showed up on 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.


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