Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/29/18

The average waterfowl bag for Saturday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose further into the good range compared to Wednesday’s good numbers.  Pintail held on to first place for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal climbing into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/29/18 were as follows:

178 adult and 15 junior hunters checked in with 54 Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 54 Gadwall, 50 Widgeon, 152 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 18 Redhead, 2 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 12 Buffleheads, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  9 Snow Geese and a lone Canada Goose were taken at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 2.56 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese add in, 2.62 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 34 arrived 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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