Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/24/15 and Sunday – 10/25/15

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for opening day was excellent with many hunters scoring quick limits, the majority being teal. Green Wing Teal were way out in front in for number of birds taken with Cinnamon Teal coming in second.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/24/15 were as follows:

319 adult and 35 junior hunters bagged 158 Northern Shovelers, 375 Cinnamon Teal, 53 Gadwall, 39 Widgeon, 816 Green Wing Teal, 217 Mallards, 240 Pintail, 22 Redheads, 24 Ring Necks and 2 Bufflehead, 1 Whistling Duck, 4 Blue Wing Teal and 1 Surf Scooter. There were also 2 White Front Geese and 1 Cackling Goose bagged at Wister on Saturday. In addition, 10 coots taken on Saturday. This resulted in an average harvest of 5.51 ducks per hunter or, with the geese and coots included, 5.55 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 61 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped off quite a bit from the opener’s excellent numbers. Green Wing Teal remained in first place for number of birds taken and Cinnamon Teal remained in the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/25/15 were as follows:

149 adult and 13 junior hunters bagged 13 Northern Shovelers, 58 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 128 Green Wing Teal, 23 Mallards, 27 Pintail, 6 Ring Necks, 1 Goldeneye and 1 Scaup (oops!). There was a lone Canada Goose taken at Wister on Sunday. There were also 10 coots included in the count on Sunday. This resulted in a per hunter average of 1.62 ducks and, with the goose and coots included, 1.69 waterfowl. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 hunting parties showed up on time.

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.


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