Hunting Report

Cady Mountains bighorn sheep drinker replacement finally approved

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 13, 2017

Volunteers needed July 21-22

BARSTOW — Volunteers are needed for a hot and sweaty work project to replace and expand a critically important bighorn sheep drinker in the Cady Mountains east of Barstow the weekend of July 21-23, according to the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS), which is spearheading the work.

The drinker has been described as a “mediocre [water] collector that receives heavy bighorn sheep use,” by Steve Marschke, president of SCHS.

“Over the years many modifications have been implemented to increase the storage and the collection, but bighorn use still outpaces the capacity,” said Marschke. “We typically haul several thousand gallons of water per year to this drinker.”

A few years ago, SCBS suggested to the Bureau of Land Management that the drinker be replaced, installing a larger and more effective collector system and larger capacity tank. The new system would also reduce the visual impact of the water system and reduce or eliminate the need to haul water to the drinker.

The BLM finally agreed and SCBS received grant money from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to pay for the new system, but permitting delays forced SCBS to file for two grant extensions. Since the current grant extension is only until Sept. 1, the group decided they had to pull the trigger now on this work.

“I realize that this is a tough time to install a Mojave guzzler, but with all the hoops we have to jump through these days, we have to be tougher than our adversaries,” said Marschke.

Volunteers are needed for this project. If interested, you can call or e-mail John or Linda Roy at (562) 697-7232 or email johnandlindaroy@yahoo.com.

DFW promises Protrero Unit of San Jacinto Wildlife Area will open to public in 2018

PERRIS — While first was scorching most of the 9,000-plus acres of the Protrero Unit of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Western Riverside County, wildlife area manager Scott Sewell promised the unit would be open to the public by 2018.

Sewell explained that the management plan was going to be released in concert with the environmental impact report and they should be available for public review this year.

“It should be out already, but it keeps getting delayed [by Sacramento],” said Sewell.

Sewell said he’s proposed permit-only dove hunts more than three times during this never-ending process.

“Every single year I want to pull the trigger and get people out there to hunt, and each time we’ve been shot down,” said Sewell.

The management plan has provisions for public hunting and habitat improvement projects — including guzzlers and food plots — much like the main unit of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area adjacent to Lake Perris.

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