Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/22/20

The average Waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area shot back upward compared to Sunday’s usual low average.  Green Wing Teal climbed back into first place for the most numerous bird bagged with Gadwall sliding back into the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/22/20 were as follows:

100 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took 40 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 50 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 150 Green Wing Teal, 36 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 1 Ruddy Duck. A lone Snow Goose was taken at Wister on Wednesday.  No Coots were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 3.17 ducks per gun or, with the Goose worked into the total, 3.18 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued 26 hunters showed up on time for 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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