Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/22/16

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for opening day was outstanding as many hunters harvested limits, with teal, by far, being the most numerous duck bagged. Green Wing Teal were far out in the lead for number of birds taken with Cinnamon Teal taking second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/22/16 were as follows:

326 adult and 47 junior hunters bagged 90 Northern Shovelers, 630 Cinnamon Teal, 55 Gadwall, 45 Widgeon, 767 Green Wing Teal, 230 Mallards, 215 Pintail, 27 Redheads, 13 Ring Necks, 15 Blue Wing Teal and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 21 coots were taken on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 5.62 ducks per hunter or, with the coots included, 5.68 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 72 showed up on time for their spot.

As of this posting I have not received the waterfowl count for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday.  It usually comes along with the Saturday bird count but form some reason, probably a computer glitch (?) the only thing that showed for Sunday was the number of hunters but no waterfowl take was listed.  I’ll report Sunday’s results when I receive them in a separate post.

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 –

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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