Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/21/19

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area headed upward compared to Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first spot for the most numerous bird checked in with Pintail holding on to their second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/21/19 were as follows:

128 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 14 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 53 Pintail, 118 Green Wing Teal, 37 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Scaup, 12 Bufflehead, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average bag of 2.10 ducks per person or, with the Coots added in, 2.13 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued, 32 showed up in time to claim their hunting 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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