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San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2020/2021 Season Long Stats

The conclusion of the 2020/2021 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

4802 adult and 382 junior hunters (5184 hunters total) harvested a total of 1548 Northern Shovelers, 463 Mallards, 917 Gadwall, 202 Widgeon, 385 Pintail, 1652 Green Wing Teal, 1311 Cinnamon Teal, 183 Redheads, 38 Canvasbacks, 160 Ring Necks, 25 Scaup, 301 Bufflehead, 10 Goldeneye, 11 Wood Ducks, 0 Blue Wing Teal, 9 Mergansers, and 495 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were also 2 Canada Geese, 0 Ross’ Geese, 12 Snow Geese, and 2 White Front Geese taken at San Jacinto this season. 756 Coots were also checked in for the 2020/2021 season at SJ. This figured out to a total of 7726 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 8482 waterfowl taken for the season. The per gun average take for 2020/2021 season came out to 1.49 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.64 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season there were 335 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 59 more junior hunters for a total of 394 more hunters accommodated in 2020/2021 season compared to the 2019/2020 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt and the Veteran/Active Duty Military personnel for the special military post-season hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were +165 Northern Shovelers, -61 Mallards, -187 Gadwall, -90 Widgeon, +151 Pintail, +114 Green Wing Teal, -198 Cinnamon Teal, -10 Redheads, +19 Canvasbacks, -164 Ring Necks, -9 Scaup, +129 Bufflehead, -9 Goldeneye, -8 Wood Ducks, -15 Blue Wing Teal (0 this season), -14 Mergansers, -1 Whistling Duck (0 this season), -1 Surf Scooter (0 this season), and +165 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers there were -2 Canada Geese, -6 Ross’ Geese (0 this season), +2 Snow Geese, and -2 White Front Geese.

There were also +396 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -33 Ducks and Geese taken compared to last season and, with the Coots included, +363 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.13 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.05 waterfowl this season over last season.

In contrast to last season, these numbers show a slight downward trend in general although some species take was up and other were down over last season. There were also more hunters this season than last and also more Junior Hunters which brought the per hunter bird average down a bit.  Hopefully, we’ll get some good rains between now and the end of our rainy season to keep Mystic Lake filled and we’ll get some well-timed weather up north early next season to send the birds down to us.  We can also optimistically hope there will be a great spring hatch up north and the numbers will rise for the 2021/2022 season.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Military Vets/Active Duty Hunt, Saturday – 2/13/21

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Military Vets/Active Duty Hunt on Saturday, February 13th, resulted in a great average harvest for our Military Heroes in attendance.  Cinnamon Teal were the number one bird checked in by the Military Vets/Active Duty Hunters with Green Wing Teal in the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for the Military Vets/Active Duty Hunt on Saturday, 2/13/21, was as follows:

41 Military Vets/Active Duty Hunters bagged 17 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 27 Green Wing Teal, 39 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 12 Bufflehead, 1 Wood Duck, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were checked in by the Hunters on Saturday. There were 12 Coots downed by the Military Vets/Active Duty Hunters on Saturday. This worked out to an average take of 3.59 ducks per Hunter or, with the Coots added in, a 3.88 waterfowl average for each Hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservations issued 17 showed up on time for their spot.

So, that completes the 2020/2021 Waterfowl Season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  Watch for SoCalHunt’s San Jacinto season long stats report here soon.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge Junior Hunt, Saturday, 2/6/21

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Junior Hunt produced a great average take for the Junior Hunters’ efforts. Widgeon took first position for number of ducks harvested but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal which took the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/6/21 were as follows:

39 junior hunters bagged 19 Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 29 Widgeon, 12 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Redhead.  4 White Front Geese were checked in by the Juniors at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were downed at Kern by the Juniors on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 3.00 ducks per Junior Hunter and, with the Geese figured in to the total, 3.10 waterfowl for each Junior. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you have one more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday, February 13th at Kern NWR.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at the Kern Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.  And, of course, thanks for your service.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area Junior Hunt Weekend, Saturday – 2/6/21, Sunday – 2/7/21

The Junior Waterfowl Hunt weekend hunt at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area produced a great average bag for the Junior Hunters in attendance on Saturday. Shovelers were number one for the most numerous bird checked in with Green Wing Teal showing up in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/6/21, was as follows:

69 Junior Hunters checked in with 53 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 16 Widgeon, 12 Pintail, 46 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese downed by the Junior Hunters on Saturday. Also, the Junior Hunters knocked down 4 Coots on Saturday. This came out to an average take of 2.90 ducks per Junior Hunter and, with the Coots added to the total, 2.96 waterfowl per Junior Hunter. 69 reservations were issued to the Junior Hunters but there was no info given on how many of those claimed their hunting spot.

The average harvest of waterfowl for Sunday, the second day of the Junior Hunt weekend, at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, dropped almost a bird and a half from Saturday’s great average.  Cinnamon Teal took the first spot for most numerous bird bagged with Green Wing Teal found in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported the waterfowl harvest for the Junior Hunt on Sunday, 2/7/21 was as follows:

11 Junior Hunters checked in with 1 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, and 8 Cinnamon Teal.  1 Snow Goose was taken at the Junior Hunt on Sunday.  No Coots were downed by the Juniors on Sunday. This came out to an average of 1.27 ducks per Junior Hunter or, with the Goose included in the total, 1.36 waterfowl per Junior Hunter. 5 reservations were issued to the Junior Hunters but there was no info given on how many of those claimed their hunting spot.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have two more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th at Wister.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at 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. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.  And, of course, thanks for your service.

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 27th Annual Junior Hunt, Saturday – 2/6/21

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 27th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt on Saturday, February 6th, resulted in a fair average take for the Junior Hunters in attendance. Cinnamon Teal were the number one bird bagged by the Junior Hunters with Shovelers in the second spot. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/6/21, was as follows:

107 junior hunters checked in with 26 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 16 Green Wing Teal, 47 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Bufflehead, and 12 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were downed at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. There were 6 Coots checked in at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. This worked out to an average take of 1.15 ducks per Junior Hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, a 1.21 waterfowl average for each Junior Hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservations issued 29 showed up on time for their spot.

Ok, that’s it for the Junior Hunters for the 2020/2021 season.  If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have one more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday, February 13th at San Jacinto.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at SJ at 3 AM to get your name in on the sweatline drawing.  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580. And, to all our Vets and Active Duty, thank you for your service.

2021 California Game Warden Stamp Now Available

I know.  If you’ve followed SoCalHunt for any length of time I’m going to sound like a broken record here.  (For any millennials that might be reading this, records were black vinyl disks that we bought our songs on if they got scratched they’d sometimes skip repeating part of the song over and over).

Yup, it’s that time of year again.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces the 2021 edition of the Warden Stamp is now available.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the desert somewhere or something for the last eight years, you’re probably aware that the Department of Fish and Game changed its name on January 1st, 2013 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  With that change our good old Game Wardens were designated as “Wildlife Officers”, and it even says so on the Warden Stamps since 2014, but most hunters and fisherpersons still call them “Wardens” and the DFW is still calling this the “Warden Stamp”.

The new Warden Stamp, for 2021 is now available for purchase online via the CDFW online license services (ALDS).  To purchase the new Warden Stamp, just follow the link below to purchase via the ALDS system.

Click on the below link to go to the Warden Stamp page and follow the instructions to buy it online:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Warden-Stamp

The Game Warden Stamp isn’t really a “stamp” for your license, such as your federal duck stamp is, although the name might lead you to believe that, rather it’s a roughly 3” x 3” decal.

The 2021 version of the stamp is a dark green background and features the sesquicentennial CDFW wildlife officer badge and silhouettes of California conifer trees along with the CDFW bear that has been used on badges and department logo shields for decades.  (see picture below)

The DFW still has their entire series of Warden Stamps available.  If you like a prior year’s design better than this year’s or would like to collect the entire series, they are all still available, from the first one in 2010 up through this year’s stamps.

The 2010 version is a green shield with a Warden’s badge and an elk silhouette on it.  The 2011 version is a light blue background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a trout or salmon on it. The 2012 version has a dark brown background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a California quail on it. The 2013 version has a gold background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a duck landing on it. The 2014 version has a red background with a Warden’s badge and a silhouette of a lobster on it. The 2015 version of the stamp has a wood grain background with a Warden’s badge and the shadow of a bear on it. The 2016 version has a blue background with a Warden’s badge and the silhouettes of two bighorn sheep on it. The 2017 version of the stamp is a green background with a Warden’s badge and drawing of a sturgeon. The 2018 version of the stamp is an orange background with a Warden’s badge and a drawing of a Warden K9. The 2019 version of the stamp is a dark blue background with a Warden’s badge and a drawing of two snow geese flying. The 2020 version of the stamp is a deep blue background with a Warden’s badge and a drawing of a Dorado on it.  (See pictures below). If you like them all you could buy one, or more, of each one if you want to.

The stamps are $5 each and the funds go into a special account. The money is used to provide our Game Wardens with additional equipment, training and new programs, such as new communications and surveillance devices, protective equipment, training in specialized areas, new law enforcement programs to assist them in their duties.

Due to State budget cuts, non-hunting / fishing politicians feel that the DFW is a “painless” way to cut back on the budget by giving the DFW less to do more with.

Quoting the DFW website on the Warden stamp:

” The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs. All funds raised from the sales of the stamp go to purchase necessary equipment for wildlife officers and to support CDFW’s K-9 program.

“Those who purchase the Warden Stamp – hunters, anglers and non-consumptive users – appreciate and want to conserve our state’s amazing natural resources,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “Purchase of the stamp demonstrates public support of wildlife officers and allows them to do their jobs more safely and efficiently.”

Approximately 465 wildlife officers patrol and protect 159,000 square miles of California’s natural habitat and 200 miles out to sea. Though their primary function is to enforce California’s Fish and Game Code, they may be called upon to enforce any of California’s laws.

Wildlife officers patrol on foot, on horseback, by plane, boats and in a variety of vehicles. They investigate reports of violations, collect and preserve evidence, write reports and testify in court.

Wildlife officers are also expected to promote and coordinate hunter education programs, collect and report information on the conditions of fish and wildlife and their habitat and represent CDFW at local schools, meetings of hunting and fishing clubs and other community events.”

Now – back to me…

As I’ve said every year that I’ve written about the Warden Stamp, the important point here, in my opinion, is getting the money to the “boots on the ground”.  If your $5 (or more, if you can afford it) results in some equipment, training or what have you that helps catch a poacher in your area the payoff may be more game or more fish for you and yours to legally harvest.  And, the bottom line is, that’s what’s important.  As for the “stamp”, stick it on your truck, ammo box or tackle box, stick it in a drawer, throw it away if you want, do whatever you want with it.  The important thing is to help give our Wardens the tools they need to protect our hunting and fishing heritage.

Now, as I have done every year since 2010, excuse me while I pull up the ALDS on my computer and order this year’s Warden Stamps.  Oops, I don’t have to…I already did!

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday 1/30/21

The waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday slipped just a hair as compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers held onto first place for most birds harvested with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/30/21 were as follows:

98 adult and 10 junior hunters harvested 89 Shovelers, 1 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 23 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 40 Green Wing Teal, 81 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 9 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  2 White Front Geese were bagged at Kern on Saturday.  3 Coots were also downed at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 2.64 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included in the total, 2.69 waterfowl per gun. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Well, that’s it for the 2020/2021 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, in a week on Saturday, February 6th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family you can hunt Kern’s Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday, 2/6/21. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt he or she can still get in on the drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have one more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday, February 13th  at Kern NWR.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at the Kern Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

And, of course, thanks for your service.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 1/31/21

The waterfowl average harvest for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped about a full bird per person as compared to Saturday’s average.  Shovelers again held on to first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal climbing back into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/31/21 were as follows:

105 adult and junior 6 hunters took home 97 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 30 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 15 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  11 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.88 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added to the total, 1.98 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued only 16 hunters arrived on time to get their hunting spot.

So, the 2020/2021 regular waterfowl season is in the books. Junior hunters have two more chances at the ducks at Wister, next weekend, February 6th and 7th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family you can get in on the Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday and Sunday, 2/6 & 2/7/21. If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt weekend he or she can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up 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. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have two more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th at Wister.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at 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. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.  And, of course, thanks for your service.

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/30/21

The waterfowl average harvest for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose nearly half a bird per person as compared to Wednesday’s average.  Shovelers retained first place for most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/30/21 were as follows:

191 adult and junior 17 hunters bagged 216 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 40 Gadwall, 48 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 126 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 38 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Hooded Merganser, and 29 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese taken at Wister on Saturday.  9 Coots were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 3.15 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, 3.20 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations issued 30 hunters arrived on time to get 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/30/21

The average waterfowl take for the regular season closerat the San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked up just slightly compared to Wednesday’s average under mostly clear skies with temperatures that started in the mid 30s and ended up just touching 60.  Shovelers took over first place for most birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal and Gadwall tied for the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/30/21 were as follows:

181 adult and 15 junior hunters harvested 62 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 44 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 44 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 17 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merganser, and 36 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  12 Coots were also checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 1.33 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, 1.39 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 52 reservation cards issued 25 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2020/2021 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, next week on Saturday, February 6th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family, here’s hoping you’ll take advantage of San Jacinto’s Annual Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday, 2/6/21. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt he or she can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at SJ at 3 AM to get their name in on the sweatline drawing.  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580.

If you’re a Veteran or an Active Duty Military Member you also have one more chance this season.  For the first time the DFW has authorized an after season Veteran/Active Duty Military hunt which will be held on Saturday, February 13th  at San Jacinto.  Hopefully our Vets and Active Duty Heroes will take advantage of this opportunity.  Here’s hoping our Vets and Active Duty have a great hunt!  If you don’t have a reservation for the Vets/Military Hunt you can still get in on the sweatline drawing, just like any regular hunt day, by showing up at SJ at 3 AM to get your name in on the sweatline drawing.  For more information, contact the staff at San Jacinto at 951-928-0580. And, to all our Vets and Active Duty, thank you for your service.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday 1/27/21

The waterfowl average harvest at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday ticked up just slightly compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers held on to first place for most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall taking over the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/21 were as follows:

113 adult and 5 junior hunters harvested 104 Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 68 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 33 Green Wing Teal, 52 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone White Front Goose was taken at Kern on Wednesday.  3 Coots were also downed at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 2.92 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots added in, 2.95 waterfowl per hunter. 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 – 1/27/21

The average waterfowl take for Wednesday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped back up as compared to Sunday’s average.  Shovelers climber back into first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/21 were as follows:

123 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 123 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 27 Pintail, 68 Green Wing Teal, 38 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 7 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  Also, 3 Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.65 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added to the total, 2.73 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued 25 hunters arrived on time to get 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/27/21

The average waterfowl harvest at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped quite a bit compared to Saturday’s average under partly cloudy skies with temperatures that started in the mid 30s and got into the mid 50s. Cinnamon Teal took over first place for most birds checked in with Shovelers holding on to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/27/21 were as follows:

166 adult and 12 junior hunters harvested 31 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 19 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redhead, 2 Scaup, 17 Bufflehead, and 17 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  9 Coots were also taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 0.93 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in to the total, 0.98 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 25 hunters arrived in time to get their spot.

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.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday 1/23/21

The waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday plummeted compared to Wednesday’s great average but still wasn’t bad. Shovelers held on to first place for most birds collected with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal and Widgeon.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/21 were as follows:

111 adult and 5 junior hunters took home 94 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 40 Widgeon, 27 Pintail, 40 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 10 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  3 White Front Geese were harvested at Kern on Saturday.  1 Coot was bagged at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.68 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot worked in, 2.72 waterfowl per 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, Sunday – 1/24/21

The waterfowl average bag for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area took a dive as compared to Saturday’s average.  Cinnamon Teal held on to first place for most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal, Pintail, Shovelers, and Ruddy Ducks all in a four-way tie for the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/24/21 were as follows:

74 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 11 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 3 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 11 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese downed at Wister on Sunday.  2 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 1.06 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots included in the total, 1.09 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations issued only 11 hunters showed up 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, Saturday – 1/23/21

The waterfowl average take for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area jumped up almost a bird from Wednesday’s average.  Cinnamon Teal took over first place for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal sliding back to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/21 were as follows:

166 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 57 Northern Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 45 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 41 Pintail, 77 Green Wing Teal, 129 Cinnamon Teal, 18 Redheads, 8 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 16 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, and 14 Ruddy Ducks. 4 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday. 6 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.54 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added on, 2.59 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservations issued 30 hunters arrived in time to get 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/23/21

The waterfowl average take at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area ticked up just slightly as compared to Wednesday’s average under rainy skies and temperatures that started in the low 40s and never even got into the 50s. Green Wing Teal jumped into first place for most birds bagged swapping spots with Shovelers which slid back into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/21 were as follows:

174 adult and 11 junior hunters harvested 92 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 17 Pintail, 114 Green Wing Teal, 42 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 4 Bufflehead, and 14 Ruddy Ducks. 2 Canada Geese were checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday.  72 Coots were also bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.76 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots worked in to the total, 2.16 waterfowl per person. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 21 hunters showed on time to get their spot.

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.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday 1/20/21

The average harvest of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday skyrocketed by nearly 2 birds a person as compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers took over first place for most numerous bird bagged with Widgeon climbing into the second spot but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/21 were as follows:

91 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 102 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 46 Gadwall, 62 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 61 Green Wing Teal, 53 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  11 White Front Geese were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  There were no Coots collected at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 4.15 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 4.27 waterfowl per 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 – 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/20/21

The average waterfowl bag at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area jumped up a bit as compared to Saturday’s average under mostly clear skies with temperatures that started out in the mid 50s and only got up to the mid 60s. Shovelers took over first place for most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal falling back to the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/21 were as follows:

151 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 67 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallard, 49 Gadwall, 27 Pintail, 61 Green Wing Teal, 31 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Canvasback, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were bagged at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  5 Coots were also downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.66 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included, 1.69 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 21 hunters arrived on time to claim their spot.

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.


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