Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/23/21

The hunt results on opening day for the 2021/22 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area were great with the average bag almost 2 ½ times what last year’s season starter produced. This total bird count of over 1000 waterfowl was produced by the opening day hunters under partly cloudy skies and temperatures only getting into the high 60s. Shovelers were the number one bird checked in for the opener with Green Wing Teal coming in second for number of birds bagged.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 10/23/21 were as follows:

215 adult and 21 junior hunters harvested 344 Northern Shovelers, 46 Mallards, 38 Gadwall, 62 Widgeon, 55 Pintail, 255 Green Wing Teal, 122 Cinnamon Teal, 15 Redheads, 54 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 21 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Aleutian Goose taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were also 11 Coots checked in on Saturday.  This resulted in an average bag of 4.30 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 4.36 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 38 showed up on time to claim their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).  Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done after that. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –

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.

Also, just a reminder.  Kern NWR has delayed their opener until Saturday, November 20, 2021, due to water issues so, obviously, there will be no report on Kern’s results until after that date.

(Sorry for the blue text at the beginning. Have some problems with the editor.)


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