Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/16/22

The average waterfowl bag at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped up significantly compared to Saturday’s good average with sunny and somewhat windy weather and temperatures that started out in the mid-50s and only rose to the mid-60s. Shovelers and Widgeon shared the first spot for the number of birds checked in with Green Wing Teal taking over the second position. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/16/22 were as follows:

128 adult and 4 junior hunters came away with 81 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 81 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 70 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 33 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 17 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks. 10 Snow Geese and 2 Ross’ Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday. In addition, 11 Coots were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday. This came out to an average harvest of 2.69 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.86 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 37 showed up on time to get their hunting spot.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive for the Bryant Park Head Start Preschool. If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids. Toys for donation should be targeted for 3 to 5-year-old boys and girls. This is a great program and a chance to show that hunters have a heart. Details of this year’s toy drive can be seen here:

Also, don’t forget the Shotgun and Hunting Equipment Raffle at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Murrieta to Benefit San Jacinto’s 29th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt. Drawing for the prizes will be on December 22nd. Details here:

In addition, (and completely separate from the Sportsman’s Warehouse raffle above), Bass Pro Shops and Quail Forever are teaming up from their own shotgun raffle, also to benefit the SJ Junior Hunt. There are two shotguns up for grabs in this one. Drawing for the prizes will be December 23rd. Details here:

BTW – since we’re on the subject of the Junior Hunt, if you are so inclined you can donate prizes or other items towards the event, which will be on February 4th, 2023. California State procedures for donating are detailed here (and it’s really not that tough, I’ve done it every year since the procedures were implemented):

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 19, 2022, due to water issues so, obviously, there will be no report on Kern’s results until after that date.


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