Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 10/23/16 – (Plus a Correction for Saturday’s Info)

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped off considerably from Saturday’s season opener’s excellent totals. Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal keeping in the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/23/16 were as follows:

176 adult and 22 junior hunters bagged 11 Northern Shovelers, 56 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 127 Green Wing Teal, 4 Mallards, 22 Pintail, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 17 coots included in the total on Sunday.  This resulted in a per hunter average of 1.21 ducks and, with the coots included, 1.29 waterfowl. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 43 hunting parties arrived on time to claim their spots.


Probably due to the same “glitch” that delayed the Sunday bird count numbers there was a correction in Saturday’s bird totals.  On Saturday there were also 9 White Front Geese taken that day.  This resulted in the per gun average for Saturday remaining at 5.62 ducks per hunter but changed the overall waterfowl  average per hunter to 5.70 with the Geese and Coots included.

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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