Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/6/17, Saturday – 12/9/17, and Sunday – 12/10/17

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday headed back up some compared to Sunday’s very low numbers.  Again, Snow Geese were found in the first position for number of birds checked in with Mallards and Gadwalls tied for the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/6/17 were as follows:

94 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in 14 Northern Shovelers, 20 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 7 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead and 1 Ruddy Duck.  39 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 1.06 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 1.47 waterfowl for each person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 23 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked up slightly compared to Wednesday’s count.  Snow Geese held on to first place again for number of birds harvested with Widgeon taking over the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/9/17 were as follows:

138 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in 11 Northern Shoveler, 20 Mallards, 39 Gadwall, 41 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 15 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 43 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 17 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 1.27 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.67 waterfowl for per hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 27 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as usual, nosedived from Saturday’s count. Widgeon took over first place for number of waterfowl checked in on Sunday with Snow Geese slipping back into second place, tying with Gadwalls. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/10/17 were as follows:

89 adult and 10 junior hunters harvested 2 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 4 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck. There were 6 Snow Geese downed at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.34 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured in, 0.40 waterfowl for each person. 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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