Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/18/20 and Sunday – 1/19/20

The average Waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area tick down just slightly compared to Wednesday’s good average.  Once again, Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird bagged, by a big margin, with Pintail way behind in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/18/20 were as follows:

179 adult hunters and 11 junior hunters took 55 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 42 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 64 Pintail, 193 Green Wing Teal, 56 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 16 Bufflehead, 3 Blue Wing Teal, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese shot at Wister on Saturday.  A lone Coots was also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to a per hunter average of 2.38 ducks or, with the Coot added in, 2.39 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 39 hunters showed up on time to claim their spot.

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area spiraled downward compared to Saturday’s good average.  Gadwall and Shovelers tied for the most numerous bird downed with Green Wing Teal falling back to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/19/20 were as follows:

8 adult hunters and no junior hunters checked in with 3 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Green Wing Teal, and 1 Cinnamon Teal.  There were no Geese or Coots harvested at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average per hunter bag of 1.25 ducks and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to include, 1.25 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservation cards mailed out zero hunters came in 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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