Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 12/22/19

The average harvest of Waterfowl from the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as is usual for Sunday, nosedived compared to Saturday’s good average.  Number one position for most numerous bird checked in was Green Wing Teal again with Pintail holding on to second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/22/19 were as follows:

58 adult hunters and 2 junior hunters took 2 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Merganser. There were no Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  3 Coots were also checked in at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to a per person average of 0.80 ducks or, with the Coots included, 0.85 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards 8 arrived on time to pick their hunting area.

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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