Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 11/7/20

The average bag of ducks at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday actually dropped just slightly from Wednesday’s average, however, due to the opening of the Light Geese season, the waterfowl take average actually when up some.  Snow Geese jumped into first place, big time, for highest number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal showing up in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/7/20 were as follows:

218 adult and 13 junior hunters harvested 63 Northern Shoveler, 42 Mallard, 52 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 81 Pintail, 86 Green Wing Teal, 84 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 8 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Common Merganser, and 17 Ruddy Ducks.   There were 100 Snow Geese and 71 Ross’ Geese harvested at Wister on Saturday.  No Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 2.03 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese worked into the total, 2.79 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 53 hunting parties showed up on time to get their spot.

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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