Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/13/17, Saturday – 12/16/17, and Sunday – 12/17/17

The waterfowl averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped up quite a bit compared to Sunday’s very low count.  Despite a one bird limit, Pintails were found in the first spot for number of birds taken with Gadwalls coming in at the second position, but only by one bird over Widgeon.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/13/17 were as follows:

76 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in 14 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 38 Gadwall, 37 Widgeon, 45 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 7 Ring Necks, and 3 Bufflehead.  15 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 2.28 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 2.47 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 24 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slid downward a little compared to Wednesday’s count.  Widgeon jumped up to first place for number of birds checked in with Pintails dropping back to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/16/17 were as follows:

210 adult and 10 junior hunters checked in 26 Northern Shoveler, 18 Mallards, 45 Gadwall, 112 Widgeon, 79 Pintail, 70 Green Wing Teal, 44 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 26 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 7 Bufflehead, 5 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers, and 1 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also 31 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose harvested at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 2.00 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 2.15 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 34 showed up on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday slipped back a little from Saturday’s count, but not nearly as much as usual. Widgeon remained in first position for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday with Pintail retaining the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/17/17 were as follows:

77 adult and 6 junior hunters harvested 10 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallard, 35 Gadwall, 45 Widgeon, 38 Pintail, 5 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck. There were 24 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 1.92 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese added in, 2.20 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 19 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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