Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/31/20

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked upward slightly from Wednesday’s good average. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most numerous birds checked in with Pintail taking over the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/31/20 were as follows:

127 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 26 Northern Shoveler, 12 Mallards, 26 Gadwall, 35 Widgeon, 55 Pintail, 60 Green Wing Teal, 45 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 5 Ring Necks, 11 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Hooded Mergansers, and 29 Ruddy Ducks.   There were no Geese taken at Wister on Saturday.  Also, 5 Coots were downed at Wister on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 2.31 ducks per person or, with the Coots worked in, 2.35 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 35 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).  Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link –

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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