Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Sunday – 1/12/20

(Apologies on this one.  I somehow missed putting out Wister’s last Sunday results.  Here it is, a little late)

The average Waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area as is usual for a Sunday slid downward compared to Saturday’s fair average.  Green Wing Teal and Shovelers swapped spots for the most numerous bird checked in with Shovelers coming out in front and the Green Wings sliding back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/12/20 were as follows:

72 adult hunters and 6 junior hunters took 34 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 12 Pintail, 18 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Bufflehead, and 2 Blue Wing Teal. No Geese were downed at Wister on Sunday.  36 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to an average bag of 1.13 ducks per gun or, with the Coots added in, 1.59 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards mailed out 13 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.  At this point in the season it is now too late to put in for reservations on-line through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds by arriving at Wister to get in on the drawing by 10:30 PM the night before. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweat line” spots given out after that.

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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