The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, as usual, jumped way up from Sunday’s low averages. Shovelers once again took first place for the number of birds checked in and Widgeon took over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/18/15 were as follows:
117 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 87 Northern Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 22 Gadwall, 81 Widgeon, 50 Green Wing Teal, 6 Mallards, 65 Pintail, 4 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks. There was 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday. 5 Coots were also taken on Wednesday. This worked out to an average of 2.78 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots included, 2.83 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 were on time for their spot.
The waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped about a bird per person compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers retained first place for number of birds taken, and Widgeon remained in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/21/15 were as follows:
169 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 100 Northern Shovelers, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Gadwall, 92 Widgeon, 18 Green Wing Teal, 23 Mallards, 24 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 1 Ross’ Goose, 2 White Fronts and 15 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday. 5 Coots were also harvested at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average per hunter of 1.76 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.89 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 were on time for their spot.
The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as is usual, dropped back down from Saturday’s average take. Shovelers were still in the first spot for number of birds taken with Widgeon staying in second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/22/15 were as follows:
57 adult hunters and 8 junior hunter bagged 15 Northern Shoveler, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Widgeon, 5 Green Wing Teal, 5 Gadwalls, 4 Mallards, 5 Pintails and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 9 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Sunday. No Coots were checked in Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.82 ducks per person or, with the Geese added in, 0.95 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 16 were on time for their spot.
Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW web site at the below link –
Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrive at the refuge. These can be purchased on-line via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this season. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.