Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/18/17, Saturday – 1/21/17 and Sunday – 1/22/17

The per gun average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rocketed up into very good average numbers as compared the typical low Sunday averages. Green Wing Teal jumped into first place for number of ducks harvested with Pintail held on to the second spot again.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/18/17 were as follows:

108 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in 2 Mallards, 18 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 66 Pintails, 111 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 35 Shovelers, 2 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneyes and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  There was also 7 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  4 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.54 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.64 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday climbed nearly ¾ of a bird over Wednesday’s very good average numbers. Green Wing Teal remained in the first spot for number of birds downed at Wister with Shovelers taking over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/21/17 were as follows:

128 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 6 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 33 Widgeon, 64 Pintail, 159 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 103 Shovelers, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, 8 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots were also added to the count at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average harvest of 3.26 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.35 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 20 came in on time to claim their hunting spot.

The average harvest of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as expected, dropped back somewhat from Saturday’s bag averages but remained in the “fair” zone. Bufflehead were found in the first position for number of birds taken with Pintail took over the second position on Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/22/17 were as follows:

44 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 2 Mallards, 1 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 15 Pintail, 5 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 11 Shovelers, 1 Ring Neck, 55 Bufflehead and 1 Goldeneye.  There were also 8 Snow Goose harvested at Wister on Sunday.  5 Coots were also brought in to the check station at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to a 2.06 average ducks per gun and, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.33 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 8 showed up on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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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