Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/26/19

(NOTE: Wister has started to send out the weekend waterfowl counts as separate reports for Saturday and Sunday the morning after the hunt day.  Last season SoCalHunt was receiving Wister weekend hunt results reports as a single report on Monday or Tuesday.  SoCalHunt will publish these reports ASAP as soon as they are received so this report will cover Saturday only.  Sunday’s report will be published as soon as possible after it is received, most likely Monday.  If the reports are sent out as a single report for the weekend SoCalHunt will go back to publishing one report for the weekend as soon as possible after it is received.)

Waterfowl harvest totals for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday reflected a slight upward tick in the continued low averages.  For Saturday Cinnamon Teal climbed back into first for number of birds checked in with Mallards and Pintail tied for the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/26/19 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 33 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Mallards, 3 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 6 Green Wing Teal, 8 Pintail, 1 Redhead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese downed at Wister on Saturday.  8 Coots were also added to the count on Saturday.  This resulted in an average harvest of 1.05 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, a 1.17 waterfowl average for each person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 26 showed up on time for 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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