Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/28/15, Saturday – 10/31/15 and Sunday – 11/1/15

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday dropped off a little more from Sunday’s averages. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds taken with Pintails coming in second.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/28/15 were as follows:

140 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 3 Northern Shovelers, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Gadwall, 15 Widgeon, 38 Green Wing Teal, 18 Mallards, 25 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There was 1 White Front Goose and 1 Snow Goose harvested at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were also checked in on Wednesday. This resulted in an average take of 0.90 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.92 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 44 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked back up slightly from Wednesday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds taken with Pintails again in the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/31/15 were as follows:

115 adult and 16 junior hunters bagged 3 Northern Shovelers, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 15 Gadwall, 29 Widgeon, 43 Green Wing Teal, 23 Mallards, 37 Pintail, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup (oops!) and 10 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese or Coots checked in at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to a per hunter average of 1.37 ducks and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to include, 1.37 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 35 hunters showed up on time.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as expected, slid back down from Saturday’s average take. Green Wing Teal were still in first place for number of birds taken with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/1/15 were as follows:

53 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 1 Northern Shoveler, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 15 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards and 3 Pintails. Again there were no Geese taken at Wister on Sunday. 6 Coots were also brought in on Sunday. This worked out to a 0.72 ducks per hunter average or, with the Coots included, 0.83 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 14 arrived 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 –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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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