Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/21/16, Saturday – 12/24/16 and Sunday – 12/25/16 (No Hunt due to Xmas)

The per hunter average bag of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up nearly a bird and ¾ as compared to Sunday’s usual low averages. Green Wing Teal popped back up in first place for number of ducks harvested with Shovelers holding on to the second position.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/21/16 were as follows:

135 adult hunters and 4 junior hunter checked in 5 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 38 Widgeon, 78 Pintails, 145 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 83 Shovelers, 3 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneyes and 1 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 20 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose and 2 Canada Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.81 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 2.97 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 arrived on time for their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday headed back down some compared to Wednesday’s real good average harvest. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for number of birds taken at Wister with Widgeon showing up in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/24/16 were as follows:

90 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 34 Shovelers, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Gadwall, 42 Widgeon, 47 Green Wing Teal, 9 Mallards, 26 Pintail, 2 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 14 Snow Geese and 4 Canada Geese were downed at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average of 2.07 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 2.26 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 19 were there on time for their spot.

There was no hunting at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area on Sunday, 12/25/16, due to Christmas falling on this hunt day.

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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