Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/28/17 and Sunday – 1/29/17

Sorry for the delay this week.  For some reason the results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, 1/25/17 were not available.  I waited an extra day to see if they would be provided but so far no luck.  When (if) they come in later I’ll report them in a separate post.

Because the waterfowl take numbers were not available for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area there’s no way to tell if Saturday’s averages were better or worse than Wednesday’s.  For Saturday, Green Wing Teal were in the first spot for number of birds checked in at Wister and Shovelers held the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/28/17 were as follows:

226 adult and 22 junior hunters bagged 12 Mallards, 41 Gadwall, 17 Widgeon, 111 Pintail, 326 Green Wing Teal, 86 Cinnamon Teal, 140 Shovelers, 1 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 8 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye and 10 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 21 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  9 Coots were also included in the count at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average harvest of 3.08 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.20 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 33 came in on time to claim their hunting spot.

The average bag of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as is usual, slipped back quite a bit from Saturday’s averages, dropping almost 2 birds. Pintail took over the first position for number of birds harvested with Green Wing Teal dropping back into the second spot on Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/29/17 were as follows:

78 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 3 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 23 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Shovelers, 3 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  In addition, 8 Snow Goose were brought in to the check station at Wister on Sunday.  4 Coots were also in the count at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to a 1.13 average ducks per gun and, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.27 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 15 arrived on time to claim their hunting spot.

That brings a close to the 2016 / 2017 regular waterfowl season. If you are a junior hunter, or you have a junior hunter in the family, there’s one more chance for them to waterfowl this season at Wister’s Junior Waterfowl hunt, next weekend, February 4th and 5th. For more information, contact the staff at Wister at 760-359-0577.

And, once again, when (if) Wednesday’s numbers show up I’ll put up a separate post to report them.


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