Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/23/16, Saturday – 11/26/16 and Sunday – 11/27/16

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose into fair territory as compared to Sunday’s sub one average. Widgeon remained in first place for number of waterfowl taken with Gadwalls and Snow Geese in a tie for second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/23/16 were as follows:

97 adult and 14 junior hunters checked in 12 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 63 Widgeon, 11 Green Wing Teal, 10 Pintail, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Shovelers, 2 Canvasbacks, 6 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead and 10 Ruddy Ducks.  28 Snow Geese, 1 Cackling Goose and 1 White Front Goose were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. 9 Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.40 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.75 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 25 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The duck take average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slipped back slightly from Wednesday’s fair averages. Widgeon held on to first place for number of birds checked in Green Wing Teal pulling up into second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/26/16 were as follows:

176 adult and 24 junior hunters bagged 4 Shovelers, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 27 Gadwall, 60 Widgeon, 50 Green Wing Teal, 5 Mallards, 15 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 12 Ring Necks. 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 21 Snow Geese, 2 Ross’ Geese and a lone Cackling Goose were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  A single Coot was checked in at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 0.97 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added, 1.10 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 were turned in on time to claim their spot.

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday slid back a bit more from Saturday’s averages. Widgeon retained the first position for number of birds harvested on Sunday with Gadwalls sliding into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/27/16 were as follows:

58 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 5 Green Wing Teal, 12 Gadwall, 1 Mallard, 14 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 2 Shovelers and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  8 Snow Geese were brought into the check station at Wister on Sunday.  There were 2 Coots taken at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.60 average ducks per hunter and, with the Snow Geese and Coots added in, 0.75 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 15 arrived 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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