Outstanding Turnout for San Jacinto Wildlife Area August 14th Volunteer Clean Up / Brush Up Work Day

About 35 volunteers reported for duty bright and early on Saturday, August 14th at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area check station parking for the volunteer clean-up/blind brush-up work day.  Tom sent the volunteers out across the Wildlife Area to clean up, repair, and brush up several of the hunting area’s blinds.  Most of the island blinds were brushed up in preparation for flooding and water control structures were cleared out to facilitate that flooding.  Several blinds were also repaired and brushed up with palm fronds either brought in by the volunteers or dropped off in the last several weeks at the SJ check station parking lot. 

Interesting to note is that Sylvia Low, from the Bryant Park Preschool, turned out to assist as a way to give some thanks to all the hunters who have donated to the toy drive the last several years at San Jacinto.  Your yearly donations are appreciated.

After the work was finished many of the volunteers and the SJ Staff gathered at Marcello’s Pizza Restaurant in Nuevo for a well-deserved lunch.

As always, Tom and his team at San Jacinto would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that came out and worked hard to start the process of getting things ready for the upcoming waterfowl season.  This is especially important this year as SJWA is extremely short staffed right now.

There will be at least one more blind brush-up/work day to finish getting things in preparation for the coming waterfowl hunting season. The next one is already scheduled for Saturday, September 18th (mark your calendars!).  The September 18th work day will concentrate on finishing brushing up the blinds, so palm fronds are needed.  If you can bring in any palm fronds any time before the work day you can drop them off at San Jacinto. Just call Tom at 951-236-3040, or the San Jacinto staff at (951) 928-0580, and they’ll make arrangements so you can drop them off.  Please make sure you don’t bring in the type of palm fronds with the thorns on their stalks unless you’re willing to strip off the thorns first. Those things wreak havoc with waders if the thorns aren’t removed.

Again, I’ll emphasize again that the SJ staff is extremely short-handed this year so it’s more important than ever to have another great turnout in September to make sure everything gets ship shape for the opener.   Watch SoCalHunt for an “official” reminder announcement and details of the next blind brush-up/workday as the date approaches. 

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