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Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/12/19

The average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slipped back some compared to Wednesday’s good averages.  Green Wing Teal stayed way out in front in first place for number of birds checked in with Pintail holding on to second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/12/19 were as follows:

176 adult and 11 junior hunters harvested 68 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 32 Gadwall, 46 Widgeon, 90 Pintail, 131 Green Wing Teal, 53 Cinnamon Teal, 18 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 10 Bufflehead, 16 Blue Wing Teal, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  2 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  Also, 4 Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.58 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.61 waterfowl for each person. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 29 came in on time to claim their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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’re 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.  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 Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

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Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/9/19

The average bag of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped back up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s usual low averages.  Pintail and Green Wing Teal swapped spots again with the Green Wing Teal surging back into first place for number of birds taken and the Pintail sliding back into second position, but only by one bird over Shovelers.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/9/19 were as follows:

112 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 41 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 42 Pintail, 124 Green Wing Teal, 31 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 4 Bufflehead, 12 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 5 Snow Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 3.00 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 3.04 waterfowl for each person. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 26 showed up in time to claim their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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’re 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.  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 Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/12/18 (Late Report)

The waterfowl averages for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed markedly compared to Sunday’s poor averages.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds taken with Widgeon climbing into second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/12/18 were as follows:

74 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 5 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 46 Widgeon, 58 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, 4 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose were harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  2 Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.80 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.88 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 19 arrived on time to fill their hunting spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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’re 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.  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 Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

 

Shotgun Raffle at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga to Benefit San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt

Once again, Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, along with Quail Unlimited, and Chaz Prado Kennels, are sponsoring a raffle to raise money to purchase prizes for San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt, which will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.   Raffle tickets are available at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga (see below for a Google Maps link to Bass Pros Shop’s location):

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bass+Pro+Shops/@34.1128172,-117.5291929,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c34a185980b999:0x55a12fc2ca27c64a!8m2!3d34.1128128!4d-117.5270042?hl=en

There will be two winners in this raffle and each winner will take home a brand-new Benelli Nova shotgun.  All the money raised by this raffle will go to purchase prizes for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt.  Tickets are only $10 each! The drawing for the shotguns will be held on January 14th, 2019 and winners need not be present to win.

In addition, if you’d like to support this great event for our Junior Hunters by donating prizes of your own you can do that by following the procedure laid out in the SoCalHunt post at the link below:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/donations-needed-for-san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-25th-annual-junior-waterfowl-hunt-raffle/

If you’d like to donate a prize or two (or more) for the Junior Hunt don’t let a little paperwork scare you.  It’s not that hard, I know, I’ve done it.

So, here’s a great chance to get a nice shotgun for a few bucks and support a great event for our Junior Hunter, the future of our sport.

This season’s Junior Hunt will be dedicated to the memory of Richard Seville who passed away last season.  Richard was a regular at San Jacinto and he is missed.

 

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/24/18

The waterfowl averages for San Jacinto Wildlife Area fell even further back compared to Wednesday’s count under cloudy skies with temperatures again just making it into the low 70’s. Shovelers jumped into first place for number of birds bagged at SJ with Cinnamon Teal holding on to second place.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/24/18 were as follows:

158 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 41 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallard, 26 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 12 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 12 Ring Necks, 12 Buffleheads, 1 Merganser, and 23 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  10 Coots were included in the count the count at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.16 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.22 waterfowl for each gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 33 showed up on time for their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 website at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-bryant-park-preschool-toy-drive-begins-3/?fbclid=IwAR3Okyyj61n8gzVCI7BrNRrbrMy9oJQhKRvWogplIeB268pA0Sei0u43OII

Also, San Jacinto’s 25th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 2nd, 2019.  New state regulations, which went into effect 3 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 so don’t let a little paperwork keep you from donating. Details on the procedures for donating can be found at the below link:

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/new-procedures-for-donations-for-the-annual-junior-hunt-at-san-jacinto-wildlife-area/

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

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.

 

2017/2018 Season Sunrise / Sunset Recap (Plus Some Clouds)

Since the 2017/2018 season is now in the books SoCalHunt’s is, once again, keeping the tradition of posting an article, with photographs, of the sunrises and sunset we’ve had the privilege of witnessing during the hunting season.  This season, due to several reasons I won’t bore you with, I only managed to get out six times two mornings and four afternoons.  This is probably the first time I’ve bought a season pass that didn’t pay off as it takes eight outings before you start saving money over the day passes.  Anyway, this article isn’t about that so…

As traditional at the end of every season, here are the sunrises and sunsets for the season just past, along with the daily clouds we observed during each day.  Although the clouds were a little scarce this season due to the mild weather, there was some, and they were good.  Even though the season was slow the scenery at San Jacinto still makes it worth the visit. I’m sure that most people that hunt San Jacinto will agree that the usual at SJ is spectacular and that includes the cloud conditions at times.  Below, in date order, are the sunrises and sunsets, along with some of the cloud condition photos, on the days we hunted San Jacinto this season.

Presented for your enjoyment:

(Click on the image for a full-sized picture)

10/25/17 Sunset

11/1/17 Sunset (and some of clouds)

11/22/17 Sunrise

12/6/17 Sunset

12/13/17 Sunset

1/27/18 Sunrise (and some clouds)

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/24/18, Saturday – 1/27/18, and Sunday – 1/28/18

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, bounced back up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s low numbers.  Gadwall were back in first place Wednesday for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal and Cinnamon Teal in a tie for the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/24/18 were as follows:

96 adult and 2 junior hunters harvested 17 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 22 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 5 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots was checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.26 ducks per person or, with the Geese included in the totals, 1.31 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped back downward somewhat compared to Wednesday’s numbers.  Cinnamon Teal left the Green Wings in the dust, taking over first place for number of birds brought in with Green Wing Teal staying in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/27/18 were as follows:

152 adult and 11 junior hunters checked in 21 Northern Shoveler, 5 Mallards, 25 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 29 Green Wing Teal, 45 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  16 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  Again, no Coots brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.04 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 1.13 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 came in on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday headed slipped even more compared to Saturday’s count. Shovelers were found in the first position for number of waterfowl checked in on Sunday with Cinnamon Teal dropping back into the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/28/18 were as follows:

68 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 10 Northern Shovelers, 5 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck,1 Bufflehead and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  5 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  1 Coot was checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average bag of 0.75 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot included, 0.83 waterfowl per hunter. There was no information provided regarding how many reservation holders arrived on time for their spot.

So, another season in the books.  Thus ends the 2017/2018 regular waterfowl season for Wister. If you’re a junior hunter, or you have a junior hunter in the family, there’s one more chance for them to waterfowl this season at Wister’s Junior Waterfowl hunt, next weekend, February 3rd and 4th. For more information, contact the staff at Wister at 760-359-0577.


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