Wister 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2019/2020 season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area revealed the following stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.

3966 adult and 266 junior hunters (4232 hunters total) checked in a total of 878 Northern Shovelers, 354 Mallards, 938 Gadwall, 515 Widgeon, 1175 Pintail, 2407 Green Wing Teal, 919 Cinnamon Teal, 101 Redheads, 10 Canvasbacks, 52 Ring Necks, 12 Scaup, 174 Bufflehead, 4 Goldeneyes, 63 Blue Wing Teal, 10 Mergansers, and 85 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were 1 Cackling Goose, 6 Canada Geese, 4 Ross’ Geese, 335 Snow Geese and 2 White Front Geese bagged at Wister this season. 216 Coots were checked in for the 2019/2020 season. This worked out to a total of 8018 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in, 8234 waterfowl. The per hunter average take for 2019/2020 figured out to 1.89 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.95 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 637 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 52 fewer junior hunters for a total of 689 fewer hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt weekend). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were -304 Northern Shovelers, -139 Mallards, +53 Gadwall, -482 Widgeon, -765 Pintail, -42 Green Wing Teal, -486 Cinnamon Teal, -216 Redheads, -6 Canvasbacks, -107 Ring Necks, -11 Scaup, -27 Bufflehead, -18 Goldeneyes, -3 Wood Ducks (0 this season), -57 Blue Wing Teal, +4 Mergansers, -1 Whistling Duck (0 this season), -4 Surf Scooters (0 this season), and -140 Ruddy Ducks.

As for the Geese numbers, there were +1 Cackling Goose (0 last season) +1 Canada Geese, -4 Ross’ Geese, +183 Snow Geese and -15 White Front Geese.

There were also +75 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -2584 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -2509 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.26 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.23 waterfowl this season over last season.

As you can see this season shows a decrease in almost every species of waterfowl taken, some satanically, with only Gadwall and Snow Goose showing any real increase.  Also, the stats show a significant decrease in hunters utilizing Wister this season compared to last.  The bottom line is there were 14% fewer hunters this season taking 24% fewer waterfowl.  Hopefully, we’ll get some weather up north early next season to drive the birds south.  Hopefully we’ll have a large breeding population this year and more birds migrating down next season.  Hope to see you out there next season.


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