Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/3/18 and Sunday – 11/4/18

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday 11/3/18 ticked upward slightly from Wednesdays average take.  Green Wing Teal were found in the first position for number of birds bagged with Cinnamon Teal held on to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/3/18 were as follows:

109 adult and 5 junior hunters bagged 9 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 56 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 10 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  4 Snow Geese were also downed at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 14 Coots were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 1.75 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included 1.90 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 22 arrived on time for their spot.

The average waterfowl harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, as it usually does, dropped off quite a bit from Saturday’s fair average.  Green Wing Teal retained first place for number of birds checked in with Pintail climbing into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/4/18 were as follows:

58 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters downed 4 Shovelers, 4 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 16 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal.  4 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were bagged at Wister on Sunday.  There were no Coots checked in on Sunday.  This figured out to a per hunter average of 0.72 ducks per gun or with the Geese added in, 0.80 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 22 showed up 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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