Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/5/19

The waterfowl averages for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slipped back down slightly compared to Wednesday’s good numbers but not by much.  Green Wing Teal surged way out ahead for first place for number of birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal showing up in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/5/19 were as follows:

185 adult and 13 junior hunters checked in with 51 Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 37 Widgeon, 82 Pintail, 215 Green Wing Teal, 96 Cinnamon Teal, 19 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 7 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 19 Bufflehead, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganzer, and 12 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone Snow Goose was bagged at Wister on Saturday.  Also, a single Coot was taken at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 3.01 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coot to included, 3.02 waterfowl for each gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 34 arrived in 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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