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September 18th Blind Brush-Up Day Coming Soon! – More Palm Fronds Needed at San Jacinto WA

(You may recognize this post from a while back. Rather than re-invent the wheel I”m just changing the date to apply to this coming work day and re-posting.)

Tom Trakes of San Jacinto Wildlife Area is requesting that anyone that has access to palm fronds and would like to get rid of them to drop them off at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  The palm fronds are needed to brush up the wildlife area’s blinds for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season as well as to have some on hand for repairs to the blinds throughout the season.

With the fantastic turnout at the last blind brush-up day most of the supply of SJ’s palm fronds was used up.  More are needed for the next brush-up volunteer work day to finish the work on September 18th, and for repairs to the blinds as the season progresses.  If you’re bringing palm fronds to SJ you don’t have to wait for the work day, you can make arrangements with Tom to drop them off any time.

If you’d like to help out and attend the next Volunteer Work Day you can find the info here at SoCalHunt.  The more volunteers we have the better as we can get more work done easier with a good turnout.

Anyone who is trimming palm trees and wants to bring them around to San Jacinto to get rid of them, or knows someone who is trimming palm trees and wants to save the fee the dump would charge them, give Tom a call at 951-236-3040 and he’ll make arrangements so you can drop them off. He also wanted me to remind people that they DO NOT want fronds that have the thorns on them.  Don’t bring the wader-rippers but other, non-thorny palm fronds are welcome. The thorn laden fronds are okay to use, however, if you’re willing to strip off the thorns prior to bringing them in.

Thanks in advance for any palm fronds anyone can bring in.

Outstanding Turnout for San Jacinto Wildlife Area August 14th Volunteer Clean Up / Brush Up Work Day

About 35 volunteers reported for duty bright and early on Saturday, August 14th at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area check station parking for the volunteer clean-up/blind brush-up work day.  Tom sent the volunteers out across the Wildlife Area to clean up, repair, and brush up several of the hunting area’s blinds.  Most of the island blinds were brushed up in preparation for flooding and water control structures were cleared out to facilitate that flooding.  Several blinds were also repaired and brushed up with palm fronds either brought in by the volunteers or dropped off in the last several weeks at the SJ check station parking lot. 

Interesting to note is that Sylvia Low, from the Bryant Park Preschool, turned out to assist as a way to give some thanks to all the hunters who have donated to the toy drive the last several years at San Jacinto.  Your yearly donations are appreciated.

After the work was finished many of the volunteers and the SJ Staff gathered at Marcello’s Pizza Restaurant in Nuevo for a well-deserved lunch.

As always, Tom and his team at San Jacinto would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that came out and worked hard to start the process of getting things ready for the upcoming waterfowl season.  This is especially important this year as SJWA is extremely short staffed right now.

There will be at least one more blind brush-up/work day to finish getting things in preparation for the coming waterfowl hunting season. The next one is already scheduled for Saturday, September 18th (mark your calendars!).  The September 18th work day will concentrate on finishing brushing up the blinds, so palm fronds are needed.  If you can bring in any palm fronds any time before the work day you can drop them off at San Jacinto. Just call Tom at 951-236-3040, or the San Jacinto staff at (951) 928-0580, and they’ll make arrangements so you can drop them off.  Please make sure you don’t bring in the type of palm fronds with the thorns on their stalks unless you’re willing to strip off the thorns first. Those things wreak havoc with waders if the thorns aren’t removed.

Again, I’ll emphasize again that the SJ staff is extremely short-handed this year so it’s more important than ever to have another great turnout in September to make sure everything gets ship shape for the opener.   Watch SoCalHunt for an “official” reminder announcement and details of the next blind brush-up/workday as the date approaches. 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/20/21

The average bag of waterfowl for Wednesday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area went up some from Sunday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds checked in with Shovelers taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/21 were as follows:

90 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 37 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 42 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Common Merganser.  13 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 1.60 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 1.74 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued 21 hunters showed up on time to claim 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.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 1/10/21

The waterfowl average take for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped a little from Saturday’s average.  Snow Geese took over first place for most birds checked in with Green Wing Teal taking the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/10/21 were as follows:

62 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter harvested 9 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 19 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Bufflehead, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  22 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Sunday.  3 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.13 ducks per person or with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.52 waterfowl per hunter. Out of the 104 reservations issued only 14 hunters showed up in time to get 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday 1/6/21

The average waterfowl bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday went up a little as compared to Saturday’s average. Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for most birds harvested with Shovelers sliding back to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/6/21 were as follows:

95 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 56 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 42 Gadwall, 28 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 75 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, and 16 Bufflehead.  4 White Front Geese were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.85 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added, 2.89 waterfowl average for each gun. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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 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.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/6/21

The waterfowl average bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped up a bit as compared to Sunday’s average.  Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for most birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal taking the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/6/21 were as follows:

92 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 32 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 27 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 20 Pintail, 45 Green Wing Teal, 36 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 6 Ruddy Duck.  No Geese were downed at Wister on Wednesday. 6 Coots were also taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 1.88 ducks per gun or with the Coots added in, 1.94 waterfowl per person. Out of the 104 reservations issued only 22 hunters arrived on time to get 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 – 12/23/20 through Wednesday – 12/30/20

For sake of brevity I’m just listing the bird count numbers to get us up to date…

Wednesday 12/23/20 – 152 adult and 13 junior hunters bagged 41 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 57 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 63 Pintail, 89 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 14 Bufflehead, 3 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Surf Scooter, 2 Mergansers, and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 11 Snow Geese were taken.  6 Coots were also bagged.  This came out to an average bag of 1.99 ducks per person or with the Geese and Coots figured in, 2.09 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 27 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Saturday 12/26/20 – 128 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 53 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 32 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 43 Pintail, 64 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Redhead.  No Geese were taken.  3 Coots were also bagged.  This came out to an average bag of 1.72 ducks per person or with the Coots figured in, 1.75 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 30 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Sunday 12/27/20 – 44 adult and no junior hunters bagged 9 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 9 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were taken.  4 Coots were also bagged.  This came out to an average bag of 1.09 ducks per person or with the Coots figured in, 1.18 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 16 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Wednesday 12/30/20 – 149 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 37 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 40 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 50 Pintail, 73 Green Wing Teal, 36 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 5 Buffleheads, 6 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese or Coots were taken.  This came out to an average bag of 1.61 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure in, 1.61 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 31 hunters arrived on time to get 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 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday 12/9/20

The average waterfowl take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday climbed slightly compared to Saturday’s average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most birds bagged with Gadwall holding on to the second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/9/20 were as follows:

47 adult and no junior hunters took home 37 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 2 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 3 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone White Front Goose was bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.23 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose figured in, 2.26 waterfowl average for each person. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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 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.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/9/20

The average waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as usual headed back up from Sunday’s usual low average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for most birds bagged with Gadwall found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/9/20 were as follows:

99 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 55 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 67 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 60 Pintail, 74 Green Wing Teal, 38 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 7 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  9 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to a per person average take of 3.07 ducks or, with the Geese worked in, 3.16 waterfowl per hunter. Out of the 104 reservations issued 34 hunters arrived 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.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday 12/5/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday ticked up slightly from Wednesday’s average.  Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall retaining second place.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/5/20 were as follows:

63 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 44 Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redhead, 4 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  1 White Front Goose was downed at Kern on Saturday.  13 Coots where checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.81 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots worked in, 2.01 waterfowl average for each gun. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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 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.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/28/20

The average waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area remained virtually the same as Wednesday’s poor average.  Pintail retained first place for most numerous bird checked in with Snow Geese taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/28/20 were as follows:

171 adult and 19 junior hunters took 33 Northern Shoveler, 10 Mallards, 11 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 35 Pintail, 33 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 15 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Hooded Merganser, and 11 Ruddy Duck.       1 Canada Goose and 34 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  Also, 2 Coots were downed at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.99 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.19 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 39 hunters showed up in time to get 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/28/20

The average bag of waterfowl for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid just a hair compared to Wednesday’s poor average under clear skies with temperatures starting just under 40 eventually getting just into the 70s.  Gadwall held on to first place for most numerous bird taken with Shovelers, which shared the first spot with them on Wednesday, slid back to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 11/28/20 were as follows:

186 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 30 Northern Shovelers, 22 Mallards, 32 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 14 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 15 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Mergansers, and 11 Ruddy Ducks.     There were no Geese downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  Also, 21 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 0.88 ducks per person or, with the Coots included, 0.99 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time to get their hunting spot.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area has begun its annual Toy Drive, this year to benefit The Knotts Family Agency Foster Program.  If you’re able, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the kids.  Toys for donation should be targeted for 3 to 7-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/2020/11/12/san-jacinto-wildlife-areas-annual-toy-drive-begins/

San Jacinto’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 6th, 2021.  New state regulations, which went into effect 5 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: 

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.

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 –

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 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.

Large Group of Volunteers Show Up for San Jacinto’s Volunteer Blind Clean Up / Work Day Saturday, October 3rd

About 40 volunteers were in attendance bright and early on Saturday, October 3rd at the SJWA check station parking lot for this year’s final volunteer clean-up/blind brush-up work day. After a short appropriately socially distanced meeting in the lot Tom sent the volunteers to their assignments to clean-up, repair, and brush-up several of the hunting area’s blinds.  One of the main goals of this work day was to clean out the excess growth on the dike leading to the Mobility Impaired blinds.  Several blinds were also repaired and brushed up with palm fronds

Tom and his crew at SJWA, (along with myself), would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that showed up and worked so hard to get things in ship-shape for the fast approaching waterfowl season. 

After the work day, some of the volunteers retired to Marcello’s Pizza Restaurant for a well-deserved lunch.

The volunteers on these work days are essential.  Even more so this year than usual due to COVID restrictions and the SJ staff’s small crew this year.  I know that everyone the utilizes the San Jacinto Wildlife Area appreciates the effort and the volunteers deserve a big “think you”.

Tom told me that they will soon have the plan finalized for the changes in check-in procedures, sweatline, and refill for this season due to the COVID restrictions.  As soon as SoCalHunt has the info it will be posted here.  Watch for it soon.

SJWA’s Pastor Jessie Passes – Services Upcoming

Pastor Jessie Martinez, Son in law of Tom Trakes, passes away September 25 from renal failure, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.  Many of we hunters at San Jacinto know Pastor Jessie, especially if you attended the Junior Waterfowl Hunt the last few years.  Pastor Jessie gave the invocation for the Junior Hunt lunch.  He also gave a dedication prayer in 2017 dedicating the waterfowl season to Brian Frazier, an SJWA regular, who was killed in the horrible Las Vegas mass shooting just weeks before. 

Another activity Jessie was always involved in was playing Santa Claus for the SJWA Bryant Park Preschool toy give away each year.  He’s the guy that gave out all the toys the San Jacinto hunters donated to the annual toy drive.  Jessie also played Santa at many Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks events.  Jessie thrilled thousands of children over the years portraying Santa Claus at both the Bryant Park Preschool event and several Valley-Wide events.

Jessie has been married to Tom’s daughter for 20 years. In 2013 they fostered a little boy Ayden and little Girl Riley for almost 3 years before the children were sent back to their dad. In 2016 the children came back into the system and went back to the Martinez’s.  In 2018 they were finally able to adopt them. Ayden is 11 and Riley is 9 years old.

Jessie worked for Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks for about 3 years. He was a part of Calvary Chapel of San Jacinto where he served as a youth leader and youth pastor for about 6 years.  He was ordained by Calvary Chapel of San Jacinto (which is now 412 church) in 2003.  He also started the Calvary Chapel of Duluth Minnesota and was there for 5 years. On his return to California, he started a small church at the Cross Fellowship and was the pastor there until his medical problems overtook him.  

Memorial services for Jessie will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 2 pm at 412 Church 1450 W 7th Street, San Jacinto.  All are welcome to attend.

Last-Minute Items Requested for SJWA’s Saturday, Oct. 3rd Brush Up Day.

Tom Trakes of the San Jacinto Wildlife has asked me to pass along the following for anyone planning on attending this Saturday’s, October 3rd, volunteer work day.  Tom advised that they need to clean up some overgrown walkways out to some of the blinds and they also need to do some carpentry work on the Mobility Impaired blinds.  To is asking that anyone that has pruners to bring them along and if a couple people have chain saws, (and know how to safely use them) they would be a great help also.  If a couple of the volunteers have carpentry skills Tom also requested that you bring along some of your carpentry tools as the two Mobility Impaired blinds at SJ need some repair also.

As always, palm fronds are still needed so if you. Can bring along a few of those that would be great also. 

Details on the Volunteer Workday can be found here (just so I don’t have to re-type everything). 

https://socalhunt.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/october-3rd-san-jacinto-wildlife-area-2nd-volunteer-clean-up-brush-up-work-day-in-preparation-for-duck-opener/

If you still have any questions you can contact Tom Trakes at the San Jacinto headquarters at (951) 236-3040, or the San Jacinto staff at (951) 928-0580.

Here’s hoping we have at least as good a turnout as last time so we can get the work done early before it gets really hot.  Don’t forget plenty of water, sunscreen, and mosquito repellant. 

Record Crowd of Volunteers at San Jacinto’s Volunteer Blind Clean Up / Work Day Saturday, August 1st

About 50 volunteers, (a record number!), showed up bright and early on Saturday, August 1st at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area check station parking for this year’s first volunteer clean-up/blind brush-up work day.  Due to expected hot temperatures Tom Trakes, of San Jacinto Wildlife Area, set the start time for this work day extra early, at 0530 to hopefully get things done before it really got warm.  Tom sent the volunteers out across the Wildlife Area to clean-up, repair, and brush-up several of the hunting area’s blinds.  In addition to the general clean-up and trash and shell pick up some of blinds required trimming of natural growth that was overgrown and cleaning out tumbleweeds and other plants that had taken over the inside of a few of the blinds. Several blinds were also repaired and brushed up with palm fronds either brought in by the volunteers or dropped off in the last several weeks at the SJ check station parking lot.

As always, Tom and his team at San Jacinto would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that came out and worked hard to start the process of getting things ready for the upcoming waterfowl season.

There will be at least one more blind brush-up/work day to finish getting things prepared for the coming waterfowl hunting season. The next one will be scheduled probably the first or second Saturday in September (date to be announced).  Watch here for details and the date of the work day when the date is finalized.  The September work day will concentrate on finishing brushing up the blinds, so palm fronds are needed.  If you can get a hold of any palm fronds any time before the work day you can drop them off at San Jacinto. Just call Tom at 951-236-3040, or the San Jacinto staff at (951) 928-0580, and they’ll make arrangements for so you can drop them off.  Please make sure you don’t bring in the type of palm fronds with the thorns on their stalks unless you’re willing to strip off the thorns first. Those things wreak havoc with waders if the thorns aren’t removed.

This year, as never before, the volunteers on these work days are essential.  Due to COVID restrictions and the fact that the SJ staff is short-handed this year, (just Tom and two staff members), it more important than ever to have another great turnout to make sure everything gets ready for the opener.   Watch SoCalHunt for the “official” announcement and details of the next blind brush-up/workday.

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/4/20

The average Waterfowl take at San Jacinto Wildlife Area slid downward compared to Wednesday’s average on a day with partly cloudy weather conditions and temperatures just touching 70 degrees.  Again, Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall climbing into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/4/20 were as follows:

171 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 35 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 38 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 86 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Bufflehead, and 21 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Saturday. Also, 8 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.28 ducks per person or, with the Coots worked into the average, 1.32 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards 28 hunters arrived in time to claim their hunting spot.

San Jacinto’s 26th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 8th, 2020.  New state regulations, which went into effect 4 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:

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.

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

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.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/28/18

The Waterfowl per hunter average at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed upward again compared to last Saturday’s average harvest (there was no hunting this past Wednesday due to Christmas falling on Wednesday). Shovelers were the most numerous duck taken with Green Wing Teal again holding the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/19 were as follows:

117 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 130 Shovelers, 21 Mallards, 81 Gadwall, 53 Widgeon, 37 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, 63 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 14 Bufflehead, and 2 Mergansers. A lone White Fronted Goose was downed at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  The duck average worked out to 4.42 per gun or, with the Goose included in the average, 4.43 waterfowl per person. Out of 11 reservation cards, 7 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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 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.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 12/18/18

Average Waterfowl take for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge headed upward compared to Saturday’s average bag. Shovelers retained first place for number of ducks harvested with Green Wing Teal holding on to the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/18/19 were as follows:

76 adult hunters and no junior hunters checked in with 82 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 29 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 11 Redheads, and 6 Buffleheads. One Snow Goose and one White Fronted Goose were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  No Coots were bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  The average number of ducks worked out to 2.50 per person or, with the Geese included in the average, 2.53 waterfowl per gun. Out of 11 reservation cards, 9 arrived on time to claim their hunting spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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 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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/26/19

The waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area headed further upward compared to Wednesday’s averages.  Green Wing Teal appeared in the first position for number of birds bagged and Shovelers slid back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/26/19 were as follows:

226 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 165 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 85 Gadwall, 37 Widgeon, 149 Pintail, 185 Green Wing Teal, 108 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 8 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 10 Blue Wing Teal, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  Once again, there were no Geese or Coots taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 3.34 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to include in the figures, 3.34 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 39 showed up in time to claim their hunting spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.  At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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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