Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/27/18 and Sunday – 10/28/18

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday 10/27/18 dropped somewhat from Wednesday’s fair average.  Mallards and Green Wing Teal tied for first spot for number of birds checked in while Cinnamon Teal and Shovelers showed identical numbers to tie for second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/27/18 were as follows:

111 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 21 Northern Shovelers, 28 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Surf Scooter, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Saturday.  Also, there were no Coots brought in to the check station on Saturday.  This resulted in an average take of 1.18 ducks per gun and, since no Geese and Coots were checked in, obviously a 1.18 waterfowl average for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 31 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, headed even further south from Saturday’s poor count.  Green Wing Teal were found in first place for number of birds harvested with Cinnamon Teal taking the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/28/18 were as follows:

43 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter downed 1 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  Again, no Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 3 Coots taken on Sunday.  This resulted in a per person average of 0.41 ducks or with the Coots added in, 0.48 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 15 hunting parties made it 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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