Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/30/18

The waterfowl bag averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area nosedived, as is usual for a Sunday, compared to Saturday’s good numbers.  Pintail retained first place for number of birds bagged with Widgeon jumping into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/30/18 were as follows:

63 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 6 Shovelers, 4 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 17 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  A single Snow Goose was bagged at Wister on Sunday.  Again, no Coots were taken at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average take of 0.67 ducks per person or, with the Goose included, 0.68 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 105 reservation cards issued only 17 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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