Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 10/27/21, Saturday 10/30/21, and Sunday 10/31/21

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped back upward some from Sunday’s fair average. Green Wing Teal came in first place for the most birds checked in with Pintail (despite the one bird limit) taking the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 10/27/21 were as follows:

107 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 18 Northern Shoveler, 13 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 58 Pintail, 92 Green Wing Teal, 45 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  2 Canada Geese and 3 White Fronted Geese were taken at Wister on Wednesday.  5 Coots were also checked in on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 2.30 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.39 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 34 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped some from Wednesday’s okay average.  Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most birds bagged with Pintail retaining the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 10/30/21 were as follows:

137 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 34 Northern Shoveler, 5 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 14 Widgeon, 63 Pintail, 109 Green Wing Teal, 35 Cinnamon Teal, 5 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  No Geese or Coots were harvested at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 1.93 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to added in, 1.93 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 36 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

The average waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped just slightly from Saturday’s average. Again, Green Wing Teal were found in first place for the most birds harvested with Pintail still in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 10/31/21 were as follows:

66 adult and 3 junior hunters harvested 14 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 1 Widgeon, 20 Pintail, 49 Green Wing Teal, 6 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  A lone White Fronted Goose was bagged at Wister on Sunday. 7 Coots were also taken on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.48 ducks per gun or, with the Goose and Coots worked in, 1.59 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 25 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 –

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.

As of this report, it appears that Wister will be releasing the bird counts for Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday on Sunday night or Monday. SoCalHunt will publish these reports ASAP after they are received. If there are any changes as the season progresses SoCalHunt will strive to publish any bird counts received ASAP after they are received.

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


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