Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 1/25/20, and Sunday 1/26/20

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area dropped a little compared to Wednesday’s average.  Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/25/20 were as follows:

191 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters took 65 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 43 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 46 Pintail, 263 Green Wing Teal, 68 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1Canvaasback, 9 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday.  1 Coot was downed at Wister on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 2.60 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot figured in, 2.64 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued 34 hunting parties came in on time to get their spot.

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area plummeted compared to Saturday’s average.  Green Wing Teal were again the most numerous bird taken with Cinnamon Teal holding on to the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/26/20 were as follows:

70 adult hunters and 1 junior hunters took 9 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 6 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 10 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday.  5 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday.  This came out to an average harvest of 0.89 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots figured in, 1.10 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservations cards issued — hunting parties 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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