Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 12/28/19 and Sun day 12/29/19

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area skyrocketed compared to last Sunday’s usual low average (there was no hunting this past Wednesday due to Christmas falling on Wednesday).  The most numerous bird taken was Green Wing Teal with Cinnamon Teal found in second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/19 were as follows:

123 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters checked in with 19 Northern Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 51 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 66 Pintail, 223 Green Wing Teal, 76 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 5 Bufflehead, 5 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 1 Snow Goose was harvested at Wister on Saturday.  3 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average harvest of 3.58 ducks per hunter or, with the Goose and Coots included, 3.61 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards, 31 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average Waterfowl harvest for Sunday at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped back down compared to Saturday’s great average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most numerous bird taken with Pintail climbing into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/29/19 were as follows:

40 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 7 Northern Shovelers, 11 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 33 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead, and 2 Mergansers. No Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were 2 Coots downed at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average take of 1.71 ducks per gun or, with the Coots figured in, 1.76 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards, 12 showed up on time to get 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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