Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/22/17, Saturday – 11/25/17, and Sunday – 11/26/17

The duck bag numbers at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday rose slightly compared to last Sunday’s numbers.  Snow Geese held onto the first spot for number of birds taken once again with Pintail taking over second place but only by one bird ahead of Gadwalls.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/15/17 were as follows:

115 adult and 17 junior hunters checked in 5 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 23 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 24 Pintail, 2 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 3 Wood Ducks, 3 Mergansers, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  75 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station in at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 0.81 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added, 1.39 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 32 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slid downward even more compared to Wednesday’s numbers.  Snow Geese remained in first place for number of birds checked in with Widgeon taking over second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/25/17 were as follows:

139 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in 1 Northern Shoveler, 3 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, 13 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 2 Bufflehead.  There were 56 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose checked in at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots was also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.47 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 0.86 waterfowl for per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 26 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, dove even further into the depths from Saturday’s low take. Snow Geese stayed solidly in the first position for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday, more than doubling the entire take of ducks, with Gadwall, Pintail, Ruddy Ducks and Coots all tied for second place Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/26/17 were as follows:

45 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 1 Northern Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were 19 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose harvested at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 2 Coots taken at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.19 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.66 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 8 came in on time to check in 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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