Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/16/15, Saturday – 12/19/15 and Sunday – 12/20/15

As is usually the case, the average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s slow take. Green Wing Teal stayed in the first position for the number of birds taken and Shovelers slid back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/16/15 were as follows:

119 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 91 Northern Shovelers, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 63 Gadwall, 77 Widgeon, 158 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallard, 52 Pintail,1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. In addition 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were also bagged on Wednesday. This worked out to an average bag of 3.83 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.89 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 were on hand to claim their hunting spot.

Saturday’s waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped quite a bit from Wednesday’s good numbers. Green Wing Teal remained in first place for number of ducks bagged with Shovelers retaining second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/19/15 were as follows:

192 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 103 Northern Shovelers, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 31 Gadwall, 46 Widgeon, 163 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 54 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 24 Snow Geese taken at Wister on Saturday. 1 Coot was also brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 2.07 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 2.19 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as always, slid back quite a ways compared to Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers slid in to the first position for number of birds taken with Pintails taking over second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/20/15 were as follows:

71 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters bagged 19 Northern Shoveler, 8 Gadwalls, 13 Widgeon, 14 Green Wing Teal and 16 Pintails. 8 Snow Geese were also brought in at Wister on Sunday. A single Coot was also bagged on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.85 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 0.96 waterfowl per gun. There was no information given on how many reservation holders showed up 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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