Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/1/20

The Waterfowl average harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, as usual, jumped back upward compared to Sunday’s surprisingly fair average.  Green Wing Teal were, once again, was the most numerous bird bagged with Pintail holding on to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/1/20 were as follows:

94 adult hunters and 8 junior hunters checked in with 33 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 33 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 39 Pintail, 105 Green Wing Teal, 26 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 3 Bufflehead, 11 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 3 Canada Geese and 4 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday.  A lone Coot was also shot at Wister on Wednesday. This came out to an average of 2.66 ducks taken per hunter or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 2.74 waterfowl per gun. There was no information given on how many reservation holders arrived on time for 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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