Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/20/17, Saturday – 12/23/17, and Sunday – 12/24/17

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday continued the upward trend compared to Sunday’s surprisingly good numbers.  Widgeon were in the first place Wednesday for number of birds taken with Pintail found in at the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/20/17 were as follows:

132 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in 13 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 66 Gadwall, 86 Widgeon, 80 Pintail, 54 Green Wing Teal, 32 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 6 Ring Necks, 8 Bufflehead, 5 Blue Wing Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  43 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  There were no Coots checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 2.73 ducks per gun or, with the Geese included, 3.05 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 40 showed up on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday took a slight downturn turn compared to Wednesday’s count.  Green Wing Teal jumped into the first position for number of birds harvested with Pintails holding on to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/23/17 were as follows:

180 adult and 13 junior hunters checked in 14 Northern Shoveler, 5 Mallards, 62 Gadwall, 71 Widgeon, 76 Pintail, 97 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 18 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 14 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also 58 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  Again, no Coots were bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 2.11 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included, 2.41 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 arrived on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as is usual, dropped quite a bit compared to Saturday’s count. Snow Geese took over the first position for number of waterfowl taken on Sunday with Pintail still holding the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/24/17 were as follows:

40 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter harvested 2 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal and 1 Ruddy Duck. There were 10 Snow Geese downed at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were shot at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.85 ducks per person or, with the Geese added in 1.10 waterfowl for each hunter. There was no information provided about the number of reservations claimed on Sunday.

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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