Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/17/21, Saturday 11/20/21, and Sunday 11/21/21

The average take of waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped up a good bit from Sunday’s low average. Shovelers showed up in first place for the most birds taken with Pintail and Widgeon coming in tied for second place.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/17/21 were as follows:

74 adult and 2 junior hunters bagged 36 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallard, 15 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 27 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Wood Duck, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  4 Snow Geese and 1 Canada Goose were bagged at Wister on Wednesday. There was a single Coot taken on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average take of 1.75 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot worked in, 1.83 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 hunters showed up in time to claim their spots.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped a bit from Wednesday’s average. Shovelers were still found in first place for most birds checked in and Pintail were again in the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/20/21 were as follows:

134 adult and 7 junior hunters came away with 62 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 29 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 6 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers, and 20 Ruddy Ducks.  16 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were harvested at Wister on Saturday.  2 Coots were bagged at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average take of 1.35 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots worked into the total, 1.48 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 30 hunters arrived on time to claim their spots.

The average waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped back down from Saturday’s average.  Shovelers stayed in first place for the most birds downed with Pintail ending up in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/21/21 were as follows:

56 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 21 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 2 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 6 Snow Geese and 4 Canada Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday.  1 Coot was bagged at Wister on Sunday.  This worked out to an average take of 0.98 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot worked into the total, 1.18 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 20 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.


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