Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/4/17, Saturday – 1/7/17 and Sunday – 1/8/17

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday went up some as compared to Sunday’s surprisingly (for a Sunday) good averages. Green Wing Teal remained in first place for number of ducks bagged with Shovelers holding on to the second spot again.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/4/17 were as follows:

119 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters checked in 9 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 42 Widgeon, 60 Pintails, 157 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 70 Shovelers, 5 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneyes, 3 Blue Wing Teal and 13 Ruddy Ducks.  There was also 2 Snow Geese downed at Wister on Wednesday. 2 Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 3.31 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 3.34 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 22 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped a little bit compared to Wednesday’s very good average take. Green Wing Teal stayed in first place for number of birds bagged at Wister with Pintail jumping up into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/7/17 were as follows:

205 adult and 32 junior hunters bagged 16 Mallards, 34 Gadwall, 44 Widgeon, 106 Pintail, 307 Green Wing Teal, 47 Cinnamon Teal, 82 Shovelers, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 4 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Blue Wing Teal, 6 Ruddy Ducks and 1 duck identified as “Other”. There were 8 Snow Geese and 3 Canada Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 2.82 ducks per person or, with the Geese figured in, 2.86 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 35 came in on time for their spot.

The average harvest of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as is usual, dropped back down a bit more from Saturday’s good average numbers. Pintail beat out Green Wing Teal for the first position for number of birds checked, but just barely leaving the Green Wings in the second position, by one bird, on Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/8/17 were as follows:

88 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 2 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 36 Pintail, 35 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 17 Shovelers, 1 Redhead, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Ruddy Duck and 1 duck identified as “Other”.  In addition, 6 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese were begged at Wister on Sunday.  2 Coots were also brought into the check station at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to a 1.12 average ducks per hunter and, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.22 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 18 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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