Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 10/27/19

The waterfowl average take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday bucked the usual trend and actually rose slightly from Saturday’s very low average take.  However, there were so few hunters at Wister the actual count of waterfowl taken actually went down 33%.  Pintail came in first for the most numerous bird bagged with Widgeon found in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/27/19 were as follows:

36 adult hunters and no junior hunters bagged 2 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 2 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, and 2 Blue Wing Teal. There were no Geese or Coots harvested at Wister on Sunday.  This resulted in an average of 1.28 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure in, 1.28 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 16 hunting parties arrived 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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