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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.

 


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