Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/23/20 through Wednesday – 12/30/20

For sake of brevity I’m just listing the bird count numbers to get us up to date…

Wednesday 12/23/20 – 152 adult and 13 junior hunters bagged 41 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 57 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 63 Pintail, 89 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 14 Bufflehead, 3 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Surf Scooter, 2 Mergansers, and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 11 Snow Geese were taken.  6 Coots were also bagged.  This came out to an average bag of 1.99 ducks per person or with the Geese and Coots figured in, 2.09 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 27 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Saturday 12/26/20 – 128 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 53 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 32 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 43 Pintail, 64 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Redhead.  No Geese were taken.  3 Coots were also bagged.  This came out to an average bag of 1.72 ducks per person or with the Coots figured in, 1.75 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 30 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Sunday 12/27/20 – 44 adult and no junior hunters bagged 9 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 9 Pintail, 8 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were taken.  4 Coots were also bagged.  This came out to an average bag of 1.09 ducks per person or with the Coots figured in, 1.18 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 16 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

Wednesday 12/30/20 – 149 adult and 14 junior hunters bagged 37 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 40 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 50 Pintail, 73 Green Wing Teal, 36 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 5 Buffleheads, 6 Blue Wing Teal, and 4 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese or Coots were taken.  This came out to an average bag of 1.61 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure in, 1.61 waterfowl per gun. Out of the 104 reservations issued 31 hunters arrived 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 –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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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