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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

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/23/19

The waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed back up, as usual, compared to Sunday’s low averages.  Pintail and Shovelers swapped places again with Shovelers jumping up in to first place for number of birds taken and Pintail sliding back to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/23/19 were as follows:

153 adult and 5 junior hunters checker in with 107 Shovelers, 34 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 84 Pintail, 64 Green Wing Teal, 42 Cinnamon Teal, 9 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, 11 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  Again, there were no Geese checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  Also, no Coots were collected at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 2.39 ducks per hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to add to the figures, 2.39 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 31 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.

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.

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.

SoCalHunt San Jacinto Hunting Report 1/27/18

First off I want to apologize for the lack of hunting reports this season.  I did try the sweatline once, the Saturday after my last hunting report, but I wasn’t fortunate enough to get drawn low enough to get on in the morning and I couldn’t stay for the afternoon. After that was a short time of planned absence from SJ for Christmas holiday activities and guests visiting from out of state.  Then, raring to go…I got the creepin’ crud (flu?) that was going around, then my wife got it, and it hung on for a couple weeks for each of us, so…finally things were good to go again after a very long period of no hunting…with one day left in the season.  However, as luck would have it, the good thing was one of my usual hunting partners had drawn a low reservation number!

So, with reservation in hand, we arrived at the San Jacinto Check Station to pick our spot for the last hunt day of the 2017/2018 waterfowl season.  My other usual hunting partner was also available, but only for about the first hour, as he had to get to work after that, so he met up with us in the reservation line.  We were optimistic that we’d have a good hunt coming up today.

We picked our spot, one of our favorites, and headed out to set up.  Once we had the decoys set and the blind arranged we settled back with a cup of coffee to await the starting horn.  As the sun began to light the sky from behind Mount San Jacinto SJ showed us another great sunrise.

When the starting horn blew, it wasn’t long before we had several opportunities.  Each of us fired several shots, but nothing fell.  All three of us had the “I can’t hit nothing” ailment this morning.

As the sun rose higher the sky brightened and it was easier to pick out the birds flying in towards our blind.

Finally, a Teal flew in high over the blind and we all fired at it.  The bird folded (I think we all may have hit it) and it went crashing down, right into a thick stand of tules.  After an exhaustive search, the bird could not be located.  Shoot, I always hate to lose them like that.

It wasn’t long before my hunting partner that had to leave for work ran out of time and we wished him well as he headed back to his truck.  That left two of us to “defend” our blind from any encroaching waterfowl.

As the sun rose higher the conditions remained calm and the water glassy.  The light clouds enhanced the scenery and we enjoyed the views as we waited for more ducks to arrive.

After a short time, another Teal came in towards the blind and my partner had the shot.  The bird was hit, but not hard and actually flew a short distance before going down behind a thick stand of reeds.  After another long search, this bird was able to evade capture.  I’m sure it swam into the reeds after it went down.

We had several more opportunities and continued our “catch and release” hunting technique.  Blowing holes in the sky around the ducks and then watching them fly away.  After several birds escaped our efforts we were sitting in the blind when a group of four Cinnamon Teal drakes swam by close to the blind from behind some tules.  We stood and the birds jumped to fly and my partner was able to hit one hard, splashing it in opened water and winging another one that crash-landed next to the adjacent dike.  The bird that fell by the dike was still swimming and was able to quickly duck into some brush on the dike.  My partner went to retrieve his birds but the one that was still mobile either went over the dike unseen and into the next pond and who knows where from there, or continued down the edge of the dike, using the brush for cover and made it into the reeds at the end of the pond.  Another long search failed to locate this duck also but at least the one down on the opened water wasn’t going anywhere.  Finally, a bird for the strap.

Not long after this things began to slow down significantly, however, the wind came up fairly strong, which usually starts to move bird around, so we opted to stick things out a while longer.

For the next hour or so we caught and released a few more birds but the wind didn’t seem to be moving the birds much so we decided to call it a day.  We packed our decoys and gear and headed out with our lone Cinnamon Teal.

The next thing up for San Jacinto Wildlife Area is the 24th Annual Junior Hunt and Raffle next Saturday, February 3rd.  Hope to see a great group of Juniors in attendance next Saturday.  Hopefully, it should be a good hunt with the bonus of a great lunch and lots of raffle prizes for the Juniors.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/24/18

The waterfowl harvest averages at San Jacinto Wildlife Area headed back upward from Saturday’s low totals on a partly cloudy day that started cold but ended up just into the 70s. Green Wing Teal swapped places with Cinnamon Teal, coming in first place today for number of birds taken with the Cinnamons sliding back into the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/24/18 were as follows:

106 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 17 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 49 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.   13 Coots were also included in the count at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.34 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.45 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards only 17 showed up on time for their spot.

San Jacinto is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays 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 after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” drawing is at 3:30 AM.

Also, San Jacinto’s 24th Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 3rd, 2018.  New state regulations, which went into effect the year before last, 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/

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.

 

Good Turnout = Lots Accomplished at the Volunteer Work Day at San Jacinto, Saturday August 5th

On Saturday, August 5th, an excellent turnout of about 30 volunteers, along with the San Jacinto Wildlife Area staff, assembled at the SJ check station parking lot at 0630 for first volunteer blind day.

The volunteers received their assignments and were off to help start getting the blinds in order for the fast approaching waterfowl season. The wood blind that was a F-2 was moved to E-4 and a hog wire blind was built to replace it at F-2.  The blind at C-1 was removed and replaced with a new hog wire blind a little higher on the island.  General clean up as done around and inside some of the area’s blinds and notes were made on what further needs to be done to get ready for the season.

There are already a lot of ducks using the area and things are looking good so far for a great season.

After the work was done most of the volunteers gathered at the Casa Mexicana Restaurant for a great lunch.

The Staff at San Jacinto would like to extend a big thanks to everyone that came out and worked hard to get a start on getting things in order for the waterfowl season to come.

Tom wanted me to tell everyone that the next volunteer work day is coming up fast.  The next work day will be Saturday, August 26th.  (I’ll post a separate announcement on this soon, check back with SoCalHunt for the “official” announcement.)

This work day is just the weekend before the dove season opener on September 1st.  If you have any plans to hunt SJ for the dove opener attending the work day would be a great way to get some scouting in for the dove opener (while the work is done of course).

Tom told me that the waterfowl area will be opened for dove hunting for the first three days (September 1 – 3) of the dove season.  Also, if you are going to hunt at SJ any time during the dove season, including opening weekend, there is NO LEAD SHOT ALLOWED on State Wildlife Areas.  Non-toxic shot only (steel, bismuth, tungsten).

Hope to see you out there for the next work day or maybe even for the dove opener!

Moving F-2 to E-4

Building Blinds

Some of the volunteers…Thanks guys!

Volunteer Work Day Set for San Jacinto Wildlife Area- Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, advised that the next volunteer work day for San Jacinto Wildlife Area would be Saturday, August 5th.  Tom told me that this work day will be primarily to build several blinds on the wildlife area so they can start brushing up for the coming season.  Tom advised that volunteers should meet at the check station at 6:30 am and anyone coming out to volunteer should bring gloves, shovels and/or hoes, wire pliers and lots of water since it’s expected to be hot. After the work is done we will get together at a local restaurant for a well-deserved lunch (each person responsible for their own bill).

By the way, I should add that Tom wanted to apologize for the short notice on this one but they’ve had some equipment problems hold things up.

Hopefully, we’ll have a good turnout so we can get the blinds ready for the next step in the process, working towards another waterfowl season.  As always, the more the merrier (and the less work for each person).

Tom also told me that they will have a date in September as the volunteer blind brush-up day at San Jacinto (exact date to be determined).

A good turnout for this one will help get things rolling to get SJ in “ship shape” for the coming season and we’ll all look forward to another great year of waterfowling.

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

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/28/16, Saturday – 12/31/16 and Sunday – 1/1/17

The per gun average harvest of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up again compared to Saturday’s good averages (there was no hunting last Sunday due to Christmas). Green Wing Teal are still in first place for number of ducks checked in with Shovelers jumping back into the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/28/16 were as follows:

155 adult hunters and 17 junior hunter checked in 1 Mallard, 38 Gadwall, 56 Widgeon, 54 Pintails, 234 Green Wing Teal, 30 Cinnamon Teal, 85 Shovelers, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 7 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 5 Goldeneyes, 5 Blue Wing Teal and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 3 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese shot at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 3.07 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.10 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 came in on time for their spot.

The average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday rose a little more compared to Wednesday’s very good average take. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds bagged at Wister with Pintail sliding into the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/31/16 were as follows:

169 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 79 Shovelers, 51 Cinnamon Teal, 32 Gadwall, 38 Widgeon, 245 Green Wing Teal, 9 Mallards, 93 Pintail, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 12 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were 16 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese harvested at Wister on Saturday.  A lone Coot was checked in at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 3.14 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot included, 3.25 waterfowl per hunter. No Information was provided on how many reservations showed up in time for their spot.

The waterfowl average take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as usual, slid back down a bit from Saturday’s very good averages but were still in the very good range. Green Wing Teal stayed first place, again, for number of birds bagged on Sunday with Shovelers jumping back up into the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for the first hunt of 2017 on Sunday, 1/1/17 were as follows:

29 adult and no junior hunters bagged 4 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 4 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 16 Shovelers, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 22 Green Wing Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were also 9 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese downed at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were brought into the check station at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 2.52 average ducks per gun and, with the Geese included, 2.90 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 8 showed up on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 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 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 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 arrive at the refuge.  These can be purchased on-line 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 – 12/31/16

The per gun average take of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked up a bit more over Wednesday’s averages under cloudy, rainy conditions.  Shovelers retained first place again for number of birds downed with Gadwalls staying in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/31/16 were as follows:

101 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 81 Northern Shovelers, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Mallards, 61 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 34 Green Wing Teal, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser and 7 Ruddy Ducks. Again, there were no Geese taken at San Jacinto on Saturday. 6 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.78 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots figured in, a 1.83 waterfowl per gun average. No information was provided on how many reservations were claimed.

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

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, 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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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/

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 on-line 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/24/16

The average take of waterfowl at San Jacinto Wildlife Area for Saturday took a nose dive, dropping almost a bird and a half, over Wednesday’s good average numbers under rainy skies that changed to clearing conditions later in the day.  Shovelers bumped up to first place for number of birds harvested with Gadwalls sliding into the second position.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 12/24/16 were as follows:

121 adult and 13 junior hunters bagged 39 Northern Shovelers, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Mallards, 30 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 21 Green Wing Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 12 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead and 8 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  There were 12 Coots taken at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.00 ducks per person or, with the Coots figured in, a 1.09 waterfowl per gun average. Out of 52 reservation cards issued 28 arrived on time to claim their blind.

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

Also, San Jacinto’s 23rd Annual Junior Hunt is coming up on February 4th, 2017.  New state regulations, which went into effect last year, 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. I’ve done it, it isn’t that hard.  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/

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 on-line 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.


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