Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/3/18, Saturday – 1/6/18, and Sunday – 1/7/18

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday bounced back up only a little compared to Sunday’s usual low averages.  Pintail were found back in first place Wednesday for number of birds harvested and Green Wing Teal showed up in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/3/18 were as follows:

115 adult and 16 junior hunters checked in 20 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 14 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 39 Pintail, 26 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 6 Snow Geese taken at Wister on Wednesday.  In addition, 5 Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.02 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots worked into the totals, 1.11 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked up just slightly compared to Wednesday’s count.  Pintail retained first position for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal only one bird behind in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/6/18 were as follows:

180 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in 18 Northern Shoveler, 4 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 53 Pintail, 52 Green Wing Teal, 39 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 4 Ring Necks, 16 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 38 Snow Geese added to the count at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was also harvested at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 1.22 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot included, 1.42 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 37 showed up on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as usual, headed back downward compared to Saturday’s averages. Snow Geese climbed into the first spot for number of waterfowl harvested on Sunday with Pintail dropping back into the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/7/18 were as follows:

68 adult and 2 junior hunters harvested 4 Northern Shovelers, 5 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 4 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, and 4 Bufflehead.  22 Snow Geese were 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 0.47 ducks per person or, with the Geese figured in, 0.79 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 16 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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