Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Saturday – 10/23/21 and Sunday – 10/24/21

The 2021/22 season opener waterfowl take average for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area came in with a slightly better average for opening day than what last year’s opening day produced. Green Wing Teal Came in first place for Saturday for number of birds taken with Cinnamon Teal found in the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/23/21 were as follows:

363 adult and 29 junior hunters checked in with 75 Northern Shovelers, 51 Mallards, 24 Gadwall, 32 Widgeon, 206 Pintail, 563 Green Wing Teal, 547 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 15 Ring Necks, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 9 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese taken on Saturday.  In addition, 25 Coots were brought in on Saturday. This resulted in an average harvest of 3.91 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots worked into the total, a 3.97 waterfowl average per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 75 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday, dropped off quite a bit from Saturday’s great season opener averages.  Green Wing Teal held on to the number one spot for most birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal retaining the second position.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/24/21 were as follows:

180 adult and 11 junior hunters bagged 23 Northern Shoveler, 3 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 45 Pintail, 105 Green Wing Teal, 56 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redhead, 4 Canvasbacks, 6 Ring Necks,3 Blue Wing Teal, and 15 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  There were also 4 coots brought in on Sunday.  This resulted in a per person average of 1.46 ducks and, with the Coots included, 1.48 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 45 hunting parties 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.

Also, just a reminder.  Kern NWR has delayed their opener until Saturday, November 20, 2021 due to water issues so there will be no report on Kern’s results until after that date.

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