Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/30/16, Saturday – 12/3/16 and Sunday – 12/4/16

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up nearly a bird in a half as compared to Sunday’s low average take. Widgeon kept the first position for number of waterfowl taken with Gadwalls and Green Wing Teal ending up in a tie for second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/30/16 were as follows:

101 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in 4 Mallards, 17 Gadwall, 51 Widgeon, 3 Pintails, 17 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Shovelers, 3 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 16 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.25 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 1.43 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 28 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday continued upward from Wednesday’s decent averages. Widgeon again were the number one bird checked in at Wister with Snow Geese sliding into second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/3/16 were as follows:

180 adult and 18 junior hunters bagged 31 Shovelers, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 52 Gadwall, 177 Widgeon, 37 Green Wing Teal, 18 Mallards, 15 Pintail, 4 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers and 6 Ruddy Ducks. 73 Snow Geese and a single Canada Goose were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 1.90 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 2.28 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 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 quite a bit from Saturday’s good average numbers. Snow Geese took over the first position for number of birds checked in on Sunday with Widgeon falling back into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/4/16 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters bagged 3 Green Wing Teal, 5 Gadwall, 2 Mallards, 13 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 5 Shovelers, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Wood Duck and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  There were 16 Snow Geese and 1 Canada Goose harvested at Wister on Sunday.  Again, no Coots were taken at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.55 average ducks per hunter and, with the Geese added in, 0.81 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 21 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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