Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/14/16, Saturday – 12/17/16 and Sunday – 12/18/16

The average bag of waterfowl for each hunter at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up a little more than one bird compared to Sunday’s expected low average take. Shovelers slid into first position for number of waterfowl bagged Pintails sliding into second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/14/16 were as follows:

106 adult hunters and 3 junior hunter checked in 11 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 41 Pintails, 32 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 61 Shovelers, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 1 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 14 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were included in the count at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.85 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 1.98 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped back down over a bird compared to Wednesday’s average take. Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for number of birds bagged at Wister Pintails remaining in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/17/16 were as follows:

223 adult and 24 junior hunters bagged 21 Shovelers, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 25 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 44 Green Wing Teal, 10 Mallards, 34 Pintail, 4 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 9 Ruddy Ducks. 16 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  16 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average of 0.77 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 0.90 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 40 were showed up on for their spot.

The average bag of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, surprisingly, ticked back up slightly from Saturday’s low averages. Pintail, Widgeon and Snow Geese all tied for first spot for number of birds bagged on Sunday with Shovelers ending up in second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/18/16 were as follows:

49 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 2 Gadwall, 3 Mallards, 10 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 9 Shovelers, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 10 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were no Coots bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 0.94 average ducks per gun and, with the Geese included, 1.13 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 10 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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