Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/12/18 (Late Report)

The waterfowl averages for Wednesday for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed markedly compared to Sunday’s poor averages.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds taken with Widgeon climbing into second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/12/18 were as follows:

74 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 5 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 35 Gadwall, 46 Widgeon, 58 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 5 Bufflehead, 4 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 2 Snow Geese, 1 Ross’ Goose, and 1 Canada Goose were harvested at Wister on Wednesday.  2 Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.80 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.88 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 19 arrived on time to fill their hunting 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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