Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/20/18 and Sunday – 10/21/18

The waterfowl harvest totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for the 2018/19 season-opening weekend were outstanding with many limits brought in by the hunters.  As was last season, this season Teal were far out in the lead for most numerous birds checked in.   For Saturday Green Wing Teal took the lead in number of birds harvested with Cinnamon Teal holding the second place.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/20/18 were as follows:

253 adult and 7 junior hunters bagged 28 Northern Shovelers, 448 Cinnamon Teal, 31 Gadwall, 62 Widgeon, 682 Green Wing Teal, 163 Mallards, 165 Pintail, 37 Redheads, 19 Ring Necks, 3 Blue Wing Teal, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 11 White Fronted Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 28 coots were downed on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 6.33 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, a 6.48 waterfowl average for each hunter. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 56 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, dropped off a bit from Saturday’s season opener’s excellent numbers but still wasn’t bad.  The top two species from Saturday swapped places putting Cinnamon Teal in first place for number of birds taken and Green Wing Teal slipping back to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/21/18 were as follows:

120 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 5 Northern Shovelers, 90 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 86 Green Wing Teal, 20 Mallards, 17 Pintail, 13 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Wood Duck, and 7 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 White Fronted Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 13 coots included in the take on Sunday.  This resulted in a per hunter average of 2.00 ducks and, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.12 waterfowl per gun. Out of 100 reservation cards issued 30 hunting parties arrived on time to claim their spots.

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 –

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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