Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/25/17, Saturday – 10/28/17 and Sunday – 10/29/17

The number of waterfowl taken at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday bounced back somewhat from last Sunday’s extremely low numbers.   Green Wing Teal came in at first place again for number of birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal retaining the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/25/17 were as follows:

92 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in 5 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 21 Widgeon, 22 Pintail, 58 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Wood Duck, and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday. Also, 6 Coots were included in the take on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.69 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.76 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 38 showed up on time for their spot.

The duck averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped again from Wednesday’s fairly low numbers.  Pintail and Cinnamon Teal tied for first place for number of ducks taken with Green Wing Teal dropping back to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/28/17 were as follows:

104 adult and 8 junior hunters checked in 2 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 21 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 5 Ring Necks, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  Again, no Geese were bagged at Wister on Saturday. Also, 7 Coots were included in the take on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.01 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots figured in, 1.07 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 checked in on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, not unexpectedly, dropped again from Saturday’s low numbers. Pintail took first place for number of ducks taken on Sunday with Cinnamon Teal sliding back to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/29/17 were as follows:

58 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 2 Mallards, 2 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 3 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck. There were no Geese harvested again at Wister on Sunday. Also, 3 Coots were checked in on Sunday.  This came out to an average bag of 0.42 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 0.47 waterfowl for each person. There was no information provided regarding how many reservation holders out of the 100 reservation cards issued arrived on time for their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online 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 website 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 arrival at the refuge.  These can be purchased online 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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