Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/10/21, Saturday 11/13/21, and Sunday 11/14/21

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped back upward from Sunday’s low average. Pintail, again, held on to first place for the most birds taken with Green Wing Teal holding second again.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/10/21 were as follows:

76 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 8 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 28 Pintail, 27 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 5 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 7 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  9 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Wednesday. There were no Coots were taken on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.44 ducks per person or, with the Geese worked in, 1.56 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued only 21 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped somewhat from Wednesday’s low average. Pintail were still found in first place for most birds checked in and Green Wing Teal were again in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/13/21 were as follows:

148 adult and 13 junior hunters brought in 9 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 15 Widgeon, 38 Pintail, 26 Green Wing Teal, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Canvasbacks, 13 Ring Necks, 6 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Duck.  3 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Saturday.  5 Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 0.91 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese or Coots included, 0.96 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 36 hunters showed up on time to claim their spots.

The average waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped a bit more from Saturday’s poor average, but, when the Geese and Coots harvested were added in the average was actually just a hair more than Saturday’s.  Pintail and Cinnamon tied for first place for the most birds taken home with Snow Geese found in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/14/21 were as follows:

60 adult and 7 junior hunters took 5 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 6 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redhead, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were 5 White Fronted Geese and 8 Snow Geese bagged at Wister on Sunday.  5 Coots were collected at Wister on Sunday.  This figured out to an average take of 0.73 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots worked into the total, 1.00 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued only 16 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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