Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/23/19 and Sunday – 11/24/19

The average duck harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose slightly compared to Wednesday’s poor count, however, when figuring in the Geese and Coots the per gun average actually dropped slightly.  Pintail climbed into first place for most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall and Cinnamon Teal tied for the second spot, but only one bird ahead of the Snow Geese.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/23/19 were as follows:

104 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters harvested 11 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 23 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 10 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. 19 Snow Geese were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  4 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average bag of 1.05 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.25 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 28 checked in on time to get their spot.

The Waterfowl average take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slid back even further compared to Saturday’s poor average.  Snow Geese climbed back into first place for most numerous bird checked in with Mallards found in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/24/19 were as follows:

52 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters checked in with 7 Mallards, 2 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 3 Pintail, 3 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Bufflehead. 17 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were taken at Wister on Sunday.  No Coots were bagged at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average harvest of 0.33 ducks per gun or, with the Geese worked into the average, 0.67 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 17 checked in on time to get 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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