San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2021 Dove Season Opening Day Results

The results for the 2021 dove season opener at San Jacinto Wildlife Area on Wednesday, September 1st were a bit underwhelming.  By sundown Wednesday 124 hunters had hunted San Jacinto chasing after those little buff-colored birds, resulting in a total of only 40 dove harvested.  The average bag came out to only 0.32 birds per gun.  That was way down from last year’s average of 1.28 birds per hunter.  Typically, SJWA isn’t really known as a dove hot spot, but these results were unexpectedly low even for SJ.  Most hunters, obviously, ended the day with a goose…egg, while few were able to harvest maybe 1 or 2.  So, even for San Jacinto, which is usually fairly slow, it was extremely slow for the dove.  As always, when it comes to dove hunting at San Jacinto, It did give a big group of people a place close to home to at least give it a couple hours to maybe scratch out a birds or two.  This is especially true for those that couldn’t put in a whole day or more to drive down to Niland or Brawley.

San Jacinto is opened for dove hunting until the end of the first half of the dove season on Wednesday, September 15th.  Friday (September 3rd) is the last day the waterfowl side of SJ will be opened for dove hunting so, if you want to give the waterfowl side a try for dove hunting you only have today and tomorrow, Thursday, September 2nd and Friday, September 3rd to give it a try as I write this.  Also, don’t forget that it’s non-toxic (steel) shot only for all hunting everywhere again this year so don’t mistakenly bring along any lead shot shells.  That’s a big no-no. 

Also, while I’ve got your attention, San Jacinto needs palm fronds to complete brushing up the waterfowl area’s blinds for the duck opener, which is Saturday, October 23rd.    The next volunteer blind brush-up work day is set for Saturday, September 18th.   Check the below link for info on the work day and/or for info regarding bringing in some palm fronds any time before the work day.

If you have any questions about either subject or want to make arrangements to drop of some palm fronds contact Tom Trakes at (951) 236-3040 or the SJ Staff at (951) 928-0580.


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