Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/10/18, Saturday – 1/13/18, and Sunday – 1/14/18

The waterfowl count at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday headed back up somewhat compared to Sunday’s low counts.  Green Wing Teal showed up in first place Wednesday for number of birds taken with Pintail in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/10/18 were as follows:

61 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in 4 Northern Shovelers, 11 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 22 Pintail, 26 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 6 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  There were no Coots checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.37 ducks per person or, with the Geese included in the totals, 1.46 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 16 came in on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped off slightly compared to Wednesday’s averages.  Snow Geese were reported in the first position for number of birds harvested with Pintail in the second spot but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/13/18 were as follows:

183 adult and 17 junior hunters checked in 11 Northern Shoveler, 9 Mallards, 32 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 41 Pintail, 40 Green Wing Teal, 35 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 5 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Surf Scooter, 2 Mergansers, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  In addition, 47 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  10 Coot were also bagged at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 1.01 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.30 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 33 showed up on time to for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as usual, dropped even more compared to Saturday’s count. Gadwall were found in the first position for number of waterfowl checked in on Sunday with Green Wing Teal holding on to the second spot, but by only one bird over the Pintails. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/14/18 were as follows:

63 adult and 5 junior hunters harvested 1 Northern Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal and 3 Bufflehead.  3 Snow Geese and 2 White Front Geese were harvested at Wister on Sunday.  Also, 3 Coots were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average bag of 0.68 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 0.79 waterfowl per person. Out of 100 reservation cards issued only 14 showed up on time to claim their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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 arrive at the refuge.  These can be purchased on-line 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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