Wister 2020/2021 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2020/2021 season at the Wister Unit revealed the following stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.

5302 adult and 402 junior hunters (5704 hunters total) checked in a total of 2082 Northern Shovelers, 362 Mallards, 1260 Gadwall, 360 Widgeon, 1606 Pintail, 3305 Green Wing Teal, 2032 Cinnamon Teal, 111 Redheads, 27 Canvasbacks, 116 Ring Necks, 39 Scaup, 289 Bufflehead, 14 Goldeneyes, 31 Blue Wing Teal, 9 Wood Ducks, 5 Surf Scooters, 13 Mergansers, and 375 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were 2 Cackling Goose, 4 Canada Geese, 72 Ross’ Geese, 464 Snow Geese and 0 White Front Geese bagged at Wister this season. 233 Coots were checked in for the 2020/2021 season. This worked out to a total of 12587 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in, 12820 waterfowl. The per hunter average take for 2020/2021 figured out to 2.21 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots included, 2.25 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season there were 1336 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 136 more junior hunters for a total of 1422 more hunters accommodated in 2020/2021 season compared to the 2019/2020 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt weekend and the Veteran/Active Duty Military personnel for the special military post-season hunt). 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 +1204 Northern Shovelers, +8 Mallards, +322 Gadwall, -155 Widgeon, +431 Pintail, +898 Green Wing Teal, +1113 Cinnamon Teal, +10 Redheads, +17 Canvasbacks, +64 Ring Necks, +27 Scaup, +115 Bufflehead, +10 Goldeneyes, +9 Wood Ducks (0 last season), -32 Blue Wing Teal, +3 Mergansers, +5 Surf Scooters (0 last season), and +290 Ruddy Ducks.

As for the Geese numbers, there were +1 Cackling Goose, -2 Canada Geese, +68 Ross’ Geese, +290 Snow Geese, and -2 White Front Geese (0 this season).

There was also +17 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of +4569 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, +4802 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were +0.32 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, +0.30 waterfowl this season over last season.

As you can see this season shows an increase of almost all species of waterfowl taken, some very substantially, with only Widgeon, Blue Wing Teal, Canada Geese, and White Front Geese showing any decrease.  Also, the stats show a very significant increase in hunters utilizing Wister this season compared to last.  Bottom line is there were 35% more hunters this season taking 55% more 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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