Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/2/15, Saturday – 12/5/15 and Sunday – 12/6/15

As usual, the average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up considerably as compared to Sunday’s usual low numbers. Green Wing Teal took over first place for the number of birds taken and Pintails slid into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/2/15 were as follows:

111 adult and 1 junior hunters bagged 65 Northern Shovelers, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 40 Gadwall, 59 Widgeon, 162 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallards, 73 Pintail,1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, and 9 Ruddy Ducks. There also was 6 Snow Geese and 3 White Front Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday. 4 Coots were also checked in on Wednesday. This figured out to an average take of 3.83 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 3.95 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 were on time for their spot.

Saturday’s per gun waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for stayed virtually the same as Wednesday’s great averages. Green Wing Teal remained way out in front for first place for number of birds taken with Shovelers slipping into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/5/15 were as follows:

205 adult and 21 junior hunters bagged 165 Northern Shovelers, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 52 Gadwall, 93 Widgeon, 394 Green Wing Teal, 18 Mallards, 118 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 1 Blue Wing Teal and 7 Ruddy Ducks. 26 Snow Geese were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. A lone Coot was also added to the count at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 3.88 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 4.00 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 44 showed up on time for their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as usual, dropped way down compared to Saturday’s numbers. Green Wing Teal held on to first place again for number of birds taken with Shovelers, again, holding on to second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/6/15 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 25 Northern Shoveler, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Widgeon, 41 Green Wing Teal, 6 Gadwalls, 2 Mallards, 6 Pintails, 1 Bufflehead and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 4 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday. 2 Coots were also bagged on Sunday. This worked out to an average take per gun of 1.48 ducks or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.57 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 17 arrived on time to claim 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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