Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/28/18 (Late Report)

(Due to recent computer problems at Wister, as you know if you follow SoCalHunt’s hunt results reports, the report from Wister for Wednesday, 11/28/18 was not forwarded to us at the usual time after the hunt day.  The DFW has now sent this report along to SoCalHunt so this will be a late report of that hunt day’s results.  We will report this in the usual form, comparing it to the averages on the hunt day previous but, to reiterate, this is NOT the report from today’s (12/5/18) hunt date.  Thanks for your patience and understanding on this.  Hopefully, and this appears to be the case, the problem has been resolved and we will receive the subsequent reports shortly after the hunt day as usual from now on.  Thanks to the DFW for working with us to resolve this problem.  Also, the hunt results report for Wister for Saturday, 12/1/18 will be edited to include our usual comparison of bird averages and first and second most numerous birds harvested.)

The average take of waterfowl for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose just slightly from Sunday’s low averages.  Pintail took over first place for number of birds checked in with Snow Geese coming in second, but only by one bird over Shovelers.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/28/18 were as follows:

77 adult hunters checked in with 20 Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, and 4 Redheads.  21 Snow Geese and 1 White Front Goose were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  There were no Coots brought in to the check station at Wister on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.06 ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 1.35 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 21 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 –

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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