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Wister 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2019/2020 season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area revealed the following stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.

3966 adult and 266 junior hunters (4232 hunters total) checked in a total of 878 Northern Shovelers, 354 Mallards, 938 Gadwall, 515 Widgeon, 1175 Pintail, 2407 Green Wing Teal, 919 Cinnamon Teal, 101 Redheads, 10 Canvasbacks, 52 Ring Necks, 12 Scaup, 174 Bufflehead, 4 Goldeneyes, 63 Blue Wing Teal, 10 Mergansers, and 85 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were 1 Cackling Goose, 6 Canada Geese, 4 Ross’ Geese, 335 Snow Geese and 2 White Front Geese bagged at Wister this season. 216 Coots were checked in for the 2019/2020 season. This worked out to a total of 8018 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in, 8234 waterfowl. The per hunter average take for 2019/2020 figured out to 1.89 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.95 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 637 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 52 fewer junior hunters for a total of 689 fewer hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt weekend). 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 -304 Northern Shovelers, -139 Mallards, +53 Gadwall, -482 Widgeon, -765 Pintail, -42 Green Wing Teal, -486 Cinnamon Teal, -216 Redheads, -6 Canvasbacks, -107 Ring Necks, -11 Scaup, -27 Bufflehead, -18 Goldeneyes, -3 Wood Ducks (0 this season), -57 Blue Wing Teal, +4 Mergansers, -1 Whistling Duck (0 this season), -4 Surf Scooters (0 this season), and -140 Ruddy Ducks.

As for the Geese numbers, there were +1 Cackling Goose (0 last season) +1 Canada Geese, -4 Ross’ Geese, +183 Snow Geese and -15 White Front Geese.

There were also +75 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -2584 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -2509 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.26 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.23 waterfowl this season over last season.

As you can see this season shows a decrease in almost every species of waterfowl taken, some satanically, with only Gadwall and Snow Goose showing any real increase.  Also, the stats show a significant decrease in hunters utilizing Wister this season compared to last.  The bottom line is there were 14% fewer hunters this season taking 24% fewer waterfowl.  Hopefully, we’ll get some weather up north early next season to drive the birds south.  Hopefully we’ll have a large breeding population this year and more birds migrating down next season.  Hope to see you out there next season.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area Junior Hunt Weekend, Saturday – 2/8/20, Sunday – 2/9/20

The Junior Waterfowl Hunt weekend at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area resulted in great averages for the Junior Hunters on Saturday. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous birds taken with Shovelers taking the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/8/20, was as follows:

40 Junior Hunters checked in with 33 Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 24 Pintail, 41 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 4 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in by the Junior Hunters on Saturday. Also, the Junior hunters didn’t bag any Coots on Saturday. This worked out to an average bag of 4.25 ducks per Junior Hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to add in, 4.25 waterfowl per Junior Hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued only 21 showed up on time to get their hunting spot.

The average take of waterfowl for Sunday, the second day of the Junior Hunt weekend, at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, was quite a bit lower than Saturday’s great average.  Gadwall and Green Wing Teal shared the first spot for number of birds taken with Snow Geese found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Sunday, 2/9/20 was as follows:

18 Junior Hunters checked in with 1 Shoveler, 1 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 5 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, and 2 Bufflehead. 4 Snow Geese were also included in the bag at the Junior Hunt on Sunday. No Coots were brought in to the check station by the Juniors on Sunday. This came out to an average of 1.06 ducks per Junior Hunter or, with the Geese included, 1.28 waterfowl per Junior Hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued only 7 arrived on time for their spot.

So, there you have it.  The 2019/2020 Waterfowl Season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area is history. Watch for SoCalHunt’s Season-Long Stats report for Wister coming here soon.  It’s been another great season with preparations soon to be underway for next season. Hope to see you out there.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The conclusion of the 2019/2020 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

4467 adult and 323 junior hunters (4790 hunters total) harvested a total of 1383 Northern Shovelers, 524 Mallards, 1104 Gadwall, 292 Widgeon, 234 Pintail, 1538 Green Wing Teal, 1509 Cinnamon Teal, 193 Redheads, 19 Canvasbacks, 324 Ring Necks, 34 Scaup, 172 Bufflehead, 19 Goldeneye, 19 Wood Ducks, 15 Blue Wing Teal, 23 Mergansers, and 330 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were also 5 Canada Geese, 6 Ross’ Geese, 10 Snow Geese, and 4 White Front Geese taken at San Jacinto this season. 360 Coots were also checked in for the 2019/2020 season at SJ. This figured out to a total of 7759 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 8119 waterfowl taken for the season. The per gun average take for 2019/2020 season came out to 1.62 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.69 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 584 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 51 fewer junior hunters for a total of 533 more hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior 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 -309 Northern Shovelers, +203 Mallards, +83 Gadwall, -429 Widgeon, +141 Pintail, -79 Green Wing Teal, +542 Cinnamon Teal, +93 Redheads, +7 Canvasbacks, +17 Ring Necks, +14 Scaup, -215 Bufflehead, +12 Goldeneye, +10 Wood Ducks, +6 Blue Wing Teal, +13 Mergansers, +1 Whistling Duck (0 last season), +1 Surf Scooter (0 last season), and -116 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers, there were -3 Cackling Geese (0 this season), +4 Canada Geese, +5 Ross’ Geese, +7 Snow Geese, and -12 White Front Geese.

There were also -329 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -23 Ducks and Geese taken compared to last season and, with the Coots included, -352 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.21 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.30 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 others were down over last season. There were also more hunters this season than last, although fewer 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 continue to rise for the 2020/2021 season.

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 26th Annual Junior Hunt, Saturday – 2/8/20

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 26th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt on Saturday, February 8th, resulted in a fair average harvest for the Junior Hunters in attendance.  Green Wing Teal were the number one bird harvested by the Junior Hunters with Shovelers in the second spot, but only by one bird over Gadwall. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/8/20, was as follows:

73 junior hunters checked in with 20 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 7 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Bufflehead, and 14 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were bagged at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. There were 5 Coots checked in at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 1.63 ducks per Junior Hunter or, with the Coots added in, a 1.70 waterfowl average for each Junior Hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservations issued 25 showed up on time for their spot.

So, that completes the 2018/2019 Waterfowl Season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  Watch for SoCalHunt’s season-long stats report soon.

 

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Bryant Park Preschool Annual Toy Drive a Big Success!

The San Jacinto Wildlife Area Staff is putting out A BIG THANKS to all the hunters who, once again, came through BIG TIME to donate toys for the Annual Bryant Park Head Start Preschool Toy Drive.   The San Jacinto hunters came through overwhelmingly and provided the toys needed to make this event a big success for the kids.

Just before Christmas, the preschool’s kids were presented with toys from Santa. It was a wonderful time for the kids and the adults in attendance and some great food and desserts were brought in by the parents too!

Once again, the Staff at San Jacinto Wildlife Area (and I as well) would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the San Jacinto hunters for their very generous toy donations to make this all possible.  SJ hunters, as they always do, have proved they have a heart and really care.

Thanks once more for all the generous toy donations!

Here are a few pictures from the event to tell the story:

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/29/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked upward compared to Saturday’s average. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

131 adult hunters and no junior hunters harvested 78 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 79 Gadwall, 15 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 144 Green Wing Teal, 99 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Ruddy Ducks, and 1 Duck listed as “other”. No Geese were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  Also, 11 Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  The figured out to an average bag of 3.69 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 3.78 waterfowl per gun. Out of 15 reservations issued, 12 showed up on time for their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, in a week and a half on Saturday, February 8th.  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, 2/8/19. 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.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/29/20

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rocketed upward compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  Again, Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird taken with Gadwall climbing into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

159 adult hunters and 9 junior hunters took 59 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 114 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 73 Pintail, 171 Green Wing Teal, 62 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Bufflehead, and 2 Blue Wing Teal. 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 3.00 ducks per person or, with the Geese figured in, 3.04 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued 37 hunting parties came in on time to get their spot.

So, the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season is in the books. Junior hunters have two more chances at the ducks at Wister, in a week and a half, February 8th and 9th.  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, 2/8 & 2/9/20. 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.

 

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/29/20

Due to the extended season this year we got an extra hunt day to finish up the season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  The average waterfowl take for the regular season closer at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Headed backmupward compared to Saturday’s average on a day with windy weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid 60s.   Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall found in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

151 adult and 7 junior hunters harvested 36 Northern Shovelers, 14 Mallards, 40 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 17 Pintail, 74 Green Wing Teal, 31 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were 4 Canada Geese downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday. Also, 2 Coots were checked in at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.47 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.51 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation issued 28 showed up in time to claim their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, in a week and a half on Saturday, February 8th.  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, 2/8/19. 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.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 1/25/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped a bit compared to Wednesday’s average. Cinnamon Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall holding on to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

111 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters harvested 52 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 75 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 46 Green Wing Teal, 89 Cinnamon Teal, 41 Redheads, 7 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 4 Bufflehead. No Geese were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  Also, a lone Coot was downed at Kern on Saturday.  The figured out to an average bag of 3.04 ducks per hunter or, with the Coot added in, 3.05 waterfowl per gun. There was no info given regarding how many reservation holders showed up on time for their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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 online 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 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.

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 – 1/25/20, and Sunday 1/26/20

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped a little compared to Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

191 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters took 65 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 46 Pintail, 263 Green Wing Teal, 68 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1Canvaasback, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was downed at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 2.60 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 2.64 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued 34 hunting parties came in on time to get their spot.

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area plummeted compared to Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal were again the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal holding on to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/26/20 were as follows:

70 adult hunters and 1 junior hunters took 9 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 6 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 10 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  5 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average harvest of 0.89 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.10 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued — hunting parties came in on time to get their 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/25/20

The per hunter waterfowl average harvest at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area dropped compared to Wednesday’s average on a day with partly cloudy weather conditions and temperatures getting into the mid 70s.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal climbing into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

160 adult and 14 junior hunters checked in with 19 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 22 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 46 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 3 Bufflehead, and 21 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese shot at San Jacinto on Saturday. Also, 15 Coots were bagged at San Jacinto on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.87 ducks or, with the Coots added in, 0.95 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards sent out 25 showed in time to get 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 online 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.

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 – 1/22/20

The average take of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed upward compared to Saturday’s average. Shovelers held on to first position for the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/22/20 were as follows:

90 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took 92 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 83 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 24 Pintail, 58 Green Wing Teal, 48 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Ruddy Duck. There were no Geese or Coots checked in at Kern on Wednesday. This came out to an average take of 3.76 ducks per person or, obviously, with no Geese or Coots to include, 3.76 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 15 reservations issued 6 hunters showed up on time to get their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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 online 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 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.

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, Saturday – 1/18/20

The average per hunter bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge fell somewhat compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers took over first place for the most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal sliding back into the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/18/20 were as follows:

110 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters checked in with 75 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 54 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 69 Green Wing Teal, 39 Cinnamon Teal, 39 Redheads, 7 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 3 White Fronted Geese and 1 Snow Goose harvested at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were shot at Kern on Saturday.  The worked out to an average bag of ducks of 2.93 per person or, with the Geese added in, 2.96 waterfowl per hunter. Out of the 15 reservation cards sent out 10 hunters showed on time to get their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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 online 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 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.

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 – 1/22/20

The average Waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area shot back upward compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  Green Wing Teal climbed back into first place for the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall sliding back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/22/20 were as follows:

100 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took 40 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 50 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 150 Green Wing Teal, 36 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck. A lone Snow Goose was taken at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 3.17 ducks per gun or, with the Goose worked into the total, 3.18 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued 26 hunters showed up on time for their 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/22/20

The waterfowl average take at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed virtually the same as Saturday’s average on a day with clear skies and temperatures getting into the low 60s.  The most numerous bird checked in was Green Wing Teal with Shovelers still in the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/22/20 were as follows:

144 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 59 Northern Shovelers, 15 Mallards, 27 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 63 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Neck, 4 Bufflehead, and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese downed at San Jacinto on Wednesday. Also, 12 Coots were taken at San Jacinto on Wednesday.  This came out to a per hunter average of 1.52 ducks or, with the Coots included, 1.60 waterfowl per gun. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 18 showed on time to claim 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 online 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.

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 the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/18/20 and Sunday – 1/19/20

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area tick down just slightly compared to Wednesday’s good average.  Once again, Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird bagged, by a big margin, with Pintail way behind in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/18/20 were as follows:

179 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters took 55 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 42 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 64 Pintail, 193 Green Wing Teal, 56 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 16 Bufflehead, 3 Blue Wing Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese shot at Wister on Saturday.  A lone Coots was also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to a per hunter average of 2.38 ducks or, with the Coot added in, 2.39 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 39 hunters showed up on time to claim their spot.

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area spiraled downward compared to Saturday’s good average.  Gadwall and Shovelers tied for the most numerous bird downed with Green Wing Teal falling back to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/19/20 were as follows:

8 adult hunters and no junior hunters checked in with 3 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Green Wing Teal, and 1 Cinnamon Teal.  There were no Geese or Coots harvested at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average per hunter bag of 1.25 ducks and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to include, 1.25 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservation cards mailed out zero hunters came in on time to get their 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 San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/18/20

The waterfowl average at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area stayed virtually the same as Wednesday’s average on a day with mostly clear weather conditions and temperatures just getting into the 70s.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most numerous bird bagged with Shovelers climbing up into the second spot.  Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the results for Saturday, 1/18/20 were as follows:

178 adult and 12 junior hunters harvested 78 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 49 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 22 Pintail, 100 Green Wing Teal, 24 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 17 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at San Jacinto on Saturday. Also, 2 Coots were downed at San Jacinto on Saturday.  The per person average came out to 1.67 ducks or, with the Coots added, 1.68 waterfowl per hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservation cards issued 27 arrived on time to claim 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 online 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.

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 – 1/15/20

The Waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge rose some more compared to Saturday’s great average. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall found in the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/15/20 were as follows:

99 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters harvested 69 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 75 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 22 Pintail, 116 Green Wing Teal, 55 Cinnamon Teal, 25 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 2 White Fronted Geese were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  Also, 16 Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  The average bag of ducks was 3.74 per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.91 waterfowl per person. Out of the 15 reservation cards issued 9 hunters arrived on time to claim their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge 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 online 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 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.

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 – 1/15/20

The per person average Waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area Jumped back upward compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  Green Wing Teal and Shovelers swapped spots again for the most numerous bird checked in with then Green Wings in first place this time, pushing the Shovelers back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/15/20 were as follows:

94 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters checked in with 70 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 35 Pintail, 91 Green Wing Teal, 16 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. No Geese or Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.55 ducks per hunter or, obviously, with no Geese or Coots to include in the average, 2.55 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations issued 20 hunters arrived in time for 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, Sunday – 1/12/20

(Apologies on this one.  I somehow missed putting out Wister’s last Sunday results.  Here it is, a little late)

The average Waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as is usual for a Sunday slid downward compared to Saturday’s fair average.  Green Wing Teal and Shovelers swapped spots for the most numerous bird checked in with Shovelers coming out in front and the Green Wings sliding back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/12/20 were as follows:

72 adult hunters and 6 junior hunters took 34 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 12 Pintail, 18 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Bufflehead, and 2 Blue Wing Teal. No Geese were downed at Wister on Sunday.  36 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to an average bag of 1.13 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in, 1.59 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards mailed out 13 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

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

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrival at the refuge.  These can be purchased online via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days.  If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail.  No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this season.  You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.


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