Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/23/15, Saturday – 12/26/15 and Sunday – 12/27/15

As per the usual pattern, the average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up somewhat compared to Sunday’s slow take. Green Wing Teal moved back into first position for the number of birds taken and Shovelers took back the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/23/15 were as follows:

154 adult and 21 junior hunters bagged 60 Northern Shovelers, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 27 Gadwall, 23 Widgeon, 103 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 51 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 11 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 11 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were checked in on Wednesday. This came out to an average bag of 1.65 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured in, 1.72 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time to claim their spot.

Saturday’s waterfowl average per hunter for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area went up over a bird and a quarter from Wednesday’s count. Shovelers swapped spots with Green Wing Teal taking over first place for number of ducks bagged relegating the Teal to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/26/15 were as follows:

170 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 148 Northern Shovelers, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 99 Gadwall, 59 Widgeon, 124 Green Wing Teal, 12 Mallards, 87 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 6 Ruddy Ducks. In addition 91 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday. No Coots were reported taken at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 2.99 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured in, 3.48 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 arrived on time for their spot.

Sunday’s waterfowl take averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as should be expected, dropped back quite a ways compared to Saturday’s numbers. Shovelers held on to the first position for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal remaining in second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/27/15 were as follows:

57 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 21 Northern Shovelers, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Gadwalls, 6 Widgeon, 4 Pintail, 15 Green Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 4 Snow Geese brought in at Wister on Sunday. Again no Coots were reported taken on Sunday. This came out to an average of 1.08 ducks per gun or, with the Geese figured in, 1.15 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 15 checked in 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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