Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/11/15, Saturday – 11/14/15 and Sunday – 11/15/15

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, as usual, jumped up from Sunday’s low averages. Shovelers came in first place for the number of birds bagged and Pintails took the second spot, just edging out the Green Wing Teals.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/11/15 were as follows:

123 adult and 11 junior hunters bagged 93 Northern Shovelers, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 20 Gadwall, 52 Widgeon, 70 Green Wing Teal, 9 Mallards, 72 Pintail, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Scaup, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks. There were 4 Snow Geese shot at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were also checked in on Wednesday. This figured out to an average of 2.56 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots included, 2.60 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 quite a bit from Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal jumped from third to first place for number of birds taken, and Shovelers dropped back to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/14/15 were as follows:

178 adult and 20 junior hunters bagged 74 Northern Shovelers, 31 Cinnamon Teal, 13 Gadwall, 60 Widgeon, 76 Green Wing Teal, 11 Mallards, 63 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead and 12 Ruddy Ducks. There was 1 Snow Goose and 5 Coots also harvested at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average per gun of 1.77 ducks or, with the Goose and Coots included, 1.80 waterfowl for each hunter. There was no info provided on how many reservations were claimed on Saturday.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as expected, dropped back down from Saturday’s numbers. Widgeon claimed the first spot for number of birds taken and Pintails took the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/15/15 were as follows:

93 adult hunters and 3 junior hunter bagged 10 Northern Shoveler, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 22 Widgeon, 14 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 18 Pintails, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese and 5 coots were taken at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to an average of 0.84 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese or Coots added in, 0.97 waterfowl per person. There was no info provided on how many reservations were claimed on Sunday.

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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