Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/27/17, Saturday – 12/30/17, and Sunday – 12/31/17

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday headed back upward compared to Sunday’s usual low totals.  Pintail moved back into the first place Wednesday for number of birds bagged and Green Wing Teal came in at the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/27/17 were as follows:

151 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in 29 Northern Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 26 Gadwall, 48 Widgeon, 72 Pintail, 56 Green Wing Teal, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 2 Ring Necks, 5 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 13 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  3 Coots were added to the total at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.80 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.91 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 33 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slid back slightly compared to Wednesday’s harvest.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds checked in with Green Wing Teal holding steady in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/30/17 were as follows:

189 adult and 14 junior hunters checked in 42 Northern Shoveler, 10 Mallards, 42 Gadwall, 35 Widgeon, 65 Pintail, 53 Green Wing Teal, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 12 Ruddy Ducks.  In addition, 30 Snow Geese were added to the count at Wister on Saturday.  2 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 1.47 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.63 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 43 showed up on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as it almost always does, headed south quite a bit compared to Saturday’s count. Snow Geese reclaimed first position for number of waterfowl bagged on Sunday with Gadwall sliding into the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/31/17 were as follows:

70 adult and 8 junior hunters harvested 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 8 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  11 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.40 ducks per gun or, with the Geese included, 0.54 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 18 came in 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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