Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/4/15, Saturday – 11/7/15 and Sunday – 11/8/15

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped up from Sunday’s averages. Green Wing Teal remained in first place for number of birds checked in and Widgeon took over the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/4/15 were as follows:

102 adult and 3 junior hunters bagged 35 Northern Shovelers, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 33 Gadwall, 54 Widgeon, 118 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards and 43 Pintail. There was 1 Cackling Goose taken at Wister on Wednesday. 5 Coots were also bagged on Wednesday. This worked out to an average take of 2.75 ducks per gun or, with the Goose and Coots included, 2.81 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 36 were on time for their spot.

The waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped somewhat from Wednesday’s average. Shovelers claimed first place for number of birds taken, with Green Wing Teal dropping back into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/7/15 were as follows:

170 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 72 Northern Shovelers, 36 Cinnamon Teal, 32 Gadwall, 54 Widgeon, 64 Green Wing Teal, 11 Mallards, 55 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup and 6 Ruddy Ducks. There was a lone Ross’ Goose and 8 Coots also checked in at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average per hunter of 1.79 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots to included, 1.84 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 45 hunters showed up on time.

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 remained in the first position for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal staying in second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/8/15 were as follows:

74 adult hunters and 4 junior hunter bagged 21 Northern Shoveler, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 9 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 6 Pintails, 1 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese or coots checked in at Wister on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.81 ducks per hunter or, of course, since there were no Geese or Coots to add in, 0.81 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 23 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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