Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/8/17, Saturday – 11/11/17 and Sunday – 11/12/17

The waterfowl averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped back up into the good range compared to last Sunday’s usual low numbers.  Snow Geese appeared in the first position for number of birds bagged with Widgeon sliding into second.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/8/17 were as follows:

60 adult and no junior hunters checked in 14 Northern Shovelers, 7 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 5 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Goldeneye 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  44 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Wednesday.  In addition, 1 Coot was brought in to the check station on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.57 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in 2.32 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 19 came in on time to claim their spot.

The duck averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday rose slightly from Wednesday’s good numbers.  Snow Geese retained first place by a large margin for number of birds taken and Widgeon remained in second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/11/17 were as follows:

144 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in 15 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 73 Widgeon, 44 Pintail, 38 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 7 Ring Necks, 6 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  111 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  2 Coots were also included in the count on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.72 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.43 waterfowl for per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 33 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as expected, headed downward from Saturday’s numbers. However, the Snow Geese count was still in the good range with far more Snows harvested than all other waterfowl combined.  Snow Geese held first place again for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday with Widgeon again found in the second position but tied with Gadwalls. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/12/17 were as follows:

48 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 4 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 3 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck. There were 100 Snow Geese harvested at Wister on Sunday.  1 Coot was also bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.53 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot included, 2.43 waterfowl for per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 13 arrived on time to claim 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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