Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday 10/24/18

(Note: In past seasons Wister has sent out their results for the past week – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – at one time, on Monday or Tuesday.  This time I received the Wednesday results on Wednesday night.  I will report results ASAP as soon as I receive them, so The Wister reports look like they may be a Wednesday night and Sunday night – for Saturday and Sunday – thing this year instead of all three days together)

The waterfowl count for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped slightly from Sunday’s surprisingly good totals.  For Wednesday, Cinnamon Teal took over first place for number of birds taken with Pintail jumping up into the second spot.   The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/24/18 were as follows:

85 adult and no junior hunters bagged 20 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 35 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, and 2 Blue Wing Teal.  Also, 1 White Fronted Goose was harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were brought in to the check station on Wednesday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.98 ducks per person or, with the Goose figured in, 1.99 waterfowl average for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 35 showed up on time for 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 –

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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