Quail Forever Junior Hunter Chukar Hunt at San Jacinto Wildlife Area a Huge Success

Sunday, November 14th, at 6:00 am 33 Junior Hunters gathered at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area check station parking lot to participate in the Quail Forever Junior Hunter Chukar Hunt.  After a quick breakfast of donuts, supplied by Quail Forever, the Junior Hunters gathered for a quick briefing about the hunt and then were distributed to their assigned fields to pursue the fast-flying birds.

The Juniors and their responsible adults, the Quail Forever Volunteers, the Volunteer Dog Handlers, the San Jacinto Staff (the hardest working staff in the state IMHO), and even the local DFW Wardens in attendance spread out and the hunt was on.  The Chukar, which were also supplied by Quail Forever, were released into the upland fields and the Junior Hunters, as well as all the aforementioned folks, had an absolute blast going after the beautifully marked little partridges.  The dog handlers and their dogs did a great job of assisting the Junior Hunters in finding the birds before the shot and also after.  

When the hunt was over the Junior Hunters had harvested an average of 2.5 birds each and had a great time doing it. The group then retired to the check station parking lot awning to enjoy a well-earned meal of sandwiches, macaroni salad, potato salad, and drinks all provided by Quail Forever.  And, if all this wasn’t enough, Tim Beaver drew one of the Junior Hunters’ hunt cards and awarded the lucky Junior Hunter with a new shotgun.  All and all it was a great day in the outdoors for everyone involved and provided the promise of some great table fare once the Juniors get their birds home and cook ‘um up.

Tom Trakes, the Supervisor of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area wanted me to be sure to send out a special thanks to Quail Forever and their personnel in attendance, Tim Beaver, Tony Beaver, Ryan Stowers, Jeff Jones, Craig Ridel, and Linda Mitchell for putting this whole event together, supplying the birds, and the food and just making a super experience for the Junior Hunters who were able to attend.  (Don’t forget to check the pictures at the bottom of this article).

Tom also wanted to thank the volunteer dog handlers, Chaz Prato with Ruby and Drake, Jay Barr with Jose, John and Tony Segoria with Montana, Larry Boskovich with Champ, and Dave van Houton with Rugar for their great work with the dogs finding, flushing, and retrieving the Chukar.

In addition, Tom wanted to thank the local DFW Wardens for attending and showing the Junior Hunters their support.  The contingent consisted of Lt. Kyle Chang, Wardens Nick Molsberry with K9 Scout, Walter Douglas with K9 Shep, and Ryan Galapir.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Tom wanted me to thank the SJWA Staff, Carlos Guiterrez, Shane Reed, Steve Giacolini, and James Romero who put in the work to help make this event happen. 

It was a great day and a fantastic way to get our Junior Hunters, who are the future of our sport, enthused about the sport and “hooked” forever on the addiction of hunting.  Next up for the Junior Hunters is the 28th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt at SJWA on Saturday, February 5th, 2022.  Prizes are still needed for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt giveaway which will take place at lunch at the check station workshop the day of the hunt.  New state regulations, which went into effect 6 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: 

Don’t let a little paperwork deter you from donating.  It’s not that hard, I know, I’ve done it every year since DFW started this requirement.

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