Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/3/21, Saturday 11/6/21, and Sunday 11/7/21

The waterfowl average bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday, ticked upward a bit from Sunday’s average. Pintail occupied first place for the most birds checked in with Green Wing Teal coming in a close second.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/3/21 were as follows:

63 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 20 Northern Shoveler, 3 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 30 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 17 Ring Necks, and 4 Blue Wing Teal. No Geese were downed at Wister on Wednesday. 7 Coots were also taken on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 1.91 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots worked in, 2.01 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued only 19 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

The average bag of ducks for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped off just a bit from Wednesday’s average however when the Geese and Coots were added in on Saturday the waterfowl average was almost exactly the same as Wednesday’s.  Pintail and Green Wings swapped places for the most birds harvested with Green Wing Teal coming in first and Pintail dropping to the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/6/21 were as follows:

122 adult and 1 junior hunter took home 21 Northern Shoveler, 1 Mallard, 17 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 45 Pintail, 74 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 16 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, and 14 Ruddy Duck. 23 Snow Geese and one Goose Identified as “other” were taken at Wister on Saturday.  Also, 5 Coots were checked in at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average take of 1.78 ducks per person or, with the Geese or Coots included, 2.02 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 30 hunters showed up on time to claim their spots

The average waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped quite a bit from Saturday’s average.   Pintail and Green Wings swapped spots again with the Pins climbing back into first place again for the most birds checked in and Green Wing Teal falling to second. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/7/21 were as follows:

71 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 4 Northern Shoveler, 1 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 12 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, and 8 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese taken at Wister on Sunday.  Also, 5 Coots were downed on Sunday.  This figured out to an average take of 0.52 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots figured in, 0.59 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 hunters came in 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.

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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