Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/2/19

The waterfowl take averages at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked upward again compared to Wednesday’s good averages numbers.  Widgeon and Gadwall swapped places with Widgeon climbing into first place for the most numerous bird checked in and Gadwall sliding back into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/2/19 were as follows:

100 adult hunters and 6 junior hunters checked in with 3 Northern Shoveler, 20 Mallards, 53 Gadwall, 76 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 13 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 22 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 13 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Merganser, and 9 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  There were 7 Coots taken at Wister on Saturday. This resulted in an average of 2.64 ducks per person or, with the Geese or Coots worked in, 2.71 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 hunters showed up on time to pick 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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