Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/15/17, Saturday – 11/18/17 and Sunday – 11/19/17

The duck count averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose somewhat compared to last Sunday’s take but the overall average fell actually when the Geese were included in this past Wednesday’s averages.  Snow Geese held firmly onto the first spot for number of birds taken with Widgeon holding second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/15/17 were as follows:

114 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in 4 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 42 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 54 Snow Geese harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.32 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese include, 1.78 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 32 came in on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked down slightly from Wednesday’s count.  Snow Geese were still in first place for number of birds bagged with Pintail, despite a one bird limit this season, taking over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/18/17 were as follows:

162 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in 2 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 33 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 46 Pintail, 11 Green Wing Teal, 35 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 3 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Wood Duck, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  64 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 1.15 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot worked in, 1.54 waterfowl for per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 32 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as usual, headed downward some from Saturday’s harvest. Snow Geese continued to dominate the first position for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday with Gadwall taking over the second position Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/19/17 were as follows:

65 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 1 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, and 6 Ruddy Ducks. There were 32 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  3 Coots was also taken at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.42 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 0.93 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 22 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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