Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, 11/10/18 through 11/25/18

(As you probably know, if you follow SoCalHunt’s hunting results reports for Wister, we haven’t had a report from the DFW on Wister since Wednesday, 11/7/18.  This was apparently due to some type of computer glitch, but this morning SoCalHunt obtained the missing reports so we will catch you up to date with this post.  If the computer problem has been resolved the regular Wister reports should start coming in shortly after the hunt days.  As always SoCalHunt will give you those reports ASAP after we receive them, not more than a day or so after they arrive at the latest, usually sooner).

The waterfowl take for Saturday 11/10/18 for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slipped back a little compared to Wednesday’s numbers, however, with the Geese and Coots added, the average remained nearly the same.  Cinnamon Teal took over first place for number of birds taken and Mallards jumped up into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/10/18 were as follows:

140 adult and 12 junior hunters harvested 3 Shovelers, 26 Mallards, 16 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 21 Pintail, 23 Green Wing Teal, 29 Cinnamon Teal, 15 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 4 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Wood Duck, 4 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Surf Scooters, 1 Merganser, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There was 1 White Front Goose, 19 Snow Geese, and 1 Ross’ Goose harvested at Wister on Saturday.  7 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.10 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.30 waterfowl for each person. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 32 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for Sunday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as always, slipped back somewhat compared to Saturday’s already low numbers.  Green Wing Teal jumped into first place for number of birds taken with Mallards holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/11/18 were as follows:

58 adult and 2 junior hunters checked in with 6 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Surf Scooter, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  No Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday.  There were no Coots bagged either at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average bag of 0.63 ducks per gun and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to add in, 0.63 waterfowl for each person. There was no information provided as to how many reservation holders arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed back up a little compared to Sunday’s very low average.  Green Wing Teal took over first place for number of birds checked in with Gadwall being found in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/14/18 were as follows:

69 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 1 Shoveler, 6 Mallards, 14 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 21 Green Wing Teal, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 7 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 4 Goldeneye, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 4 Snow Geese, and 2 Ross’ Geese bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  3 Coots were also downed at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average take of 1.29 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.41 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 27 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl averages for Saturday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed a little more compared to Wednesday’s count.  Widgeon took climbed into first place for number of birds harvested with Gadwall slipping back into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/17/18 were as follows:

135 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 6 Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 58 Widgeon, 35 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 22 Cinnamon Teal, 27 Redheads, 4 Canvasbacks, 9 Ring Necks, 4 Bufflehead, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  4 Snow Geese were also harvested at Wister on Saturday.  6 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.73 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.80 waterfowl for each person. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 34 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl harvest for Sunday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped quite a bit compared to Saturday’s numbers.  Snow Geese popped up into first place for number of birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal showing up in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/18/18 were as follows:

51 adult and 4 junior hunters checked in with 4 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 1 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 3 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Bufflehead, and 5 Ruddy Ducks.  10 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Sunday.  6 Coots were also included in the bag at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.60 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 0.89 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 13 showed up in time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed back up some compared to Sunday’s averages.  Widgeon and Pintail came in tied for first place for number of birds harvested with Snow Geese sliding down into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/21/18 were as follows:

103 adult and 9 junior hunters downed 8 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 31 Widgeon, 31 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 9 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There were 16 Snow Geese, and 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  A lone Coot was also checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average take of 1.12 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots worked in, 1.28 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 34 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for Saturday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slipped way back compared to Wednesday’s numbers.  Shovelers took over the first spot for number of birds checked in, but just by one bird with Widgeon slipping back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/24/18 were as follows:

161 adult and 18 junior hunters collected 22 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 21 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, 2 Mergansers, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  14 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  In addition, 8 Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 0.53 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots worked in, 1.28 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 29 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl take for Sunday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area just about the same as Saturday’s averages.  Shovelers retained first place for number of birds bagged with Widgeon holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/25/18 were as follows:

52 adult and 7 junior hunters harvested 8 Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 4 Pintail, and 4 Cinnamon Teal.  There was a single Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 3 Coots harvested at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.56 ducks per person or, with the Goose and Coots added in, 0.63 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 16 showed up on time to claim 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 –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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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