Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/29/17, Saturday – 12/2/17, and Sunday – 12/3/17

The duck bag numbers at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday headed upward a little compared to last Sunday’s dismal numbers.  Snow Geese, once again, were in first position for number of birds bagged with Pintail found in second place, but only by one bird over Mallards and Gadwalls.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/29/17 were as follows:

67 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in 3 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, and 1 Bufflehead.  24 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  8 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 0.79 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.26 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 22 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday headed back towards the basement again compared to Wednesday’s already low numbers.  Snow Geese remained in first place again for number of birds harvested with Gadwall taking over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/2/17 were as follows:

145 adult and 8 junior hunters checked in 6 Northern Shoveler, 11 Mallards, 14 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 2 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 9 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 65 Snow Geese taken at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 2 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 0.50 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 0.93 waterfowl for per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 34 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, spiraled ever further downward from Saturday’s low numbers. Snow Geese continued their reign over first place for number of waterfowl taken on Sunday with Ring Necks found in second place, but only by one over Gadwalls. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/3/17 were as follows:

57 adult and 7 junior hunters harvested 1 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, and 4 Ring Necks. 22 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Sunday.  There was 1 Coot checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.20 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 0.56 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 16 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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