Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/20/16, Saturday – 1/23/16 and Sunday – 1/24/16

True to form the duck numbers for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up some compared to Sunday’s usual low average. Green Wing Teal held on to the first spot for number of birds bagged and Shovelers slid back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/20/16 were as follows:

88 adult hunters bagged 31 Northern Shovelers, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 62 Green Wing Teal, 3 Mallards, 20 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese were also taken in at Wister on Wednesday. 1 Coot was also included in Wednesday’s take. This worked out to an average take of 1.78 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 1.86 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 17 showed up on time for their spot.

Saturday’s per hunter waterfowl average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area ticked down slightly from Wednesday’s numbers. Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped positions again, Shovelers taking over first and the teal falling back to second, for number of birds taken.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/23/16 were as follows:

191 adult and 17 junior hunters bagged 54 Northern Shovelers, 40 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 53 Green Wing Teal, 8 Mallards, 19 Pintail, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. In addition a single Snow Goose was taken at Wister on Saturday. 5 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average of 1.01 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coots included in, 1.04 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 checked in on time for their spot.

Sunday’s average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, dropped somewhat compared to Saturday’s numbers.  Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped positions again, This time Green Wing Teal taking over first and the Spooneys falling back to second, for number of birds taken. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/24/16 were as follows:

54 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters bagged 8 Northern Shovelers, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Widgeon, 1 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Pintail and 11 Green Wing Teal. 2 Snow Geese were also bagged on Sunday at Wister. No Coots were checked in at Wister on Sunday. This worked out to an average of 0.63 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 0.66 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 10 were there on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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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