Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/22/21, and Sunday 12/26/21

The average waterfowl take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday headed upward a bit from Sunday’s low average. Green Wing Teal took over first place for the most birds bagged with Shovelers dropping back to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday 12/22/21 were as follows:

147 adult and 8 junior hunters took home 42 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 8 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 67 Green Wing Teal, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 13 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 12 Ruddy Ducks. 1 White Front Goose and 17 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Wednesday. 11 Coots were also taken on Wednesday. This came out to an average bag of 1.28 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.46 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 36 hunters arrived in time to claim their spot.

Wister was closed to hunting on Saturday 12/25/21, Christmas Day, as were all State and Federal Wildlife Areas and Refuges.

The average waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday climbed upward some more from Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal retained first place for the most numerous bird taken with Shovelers still holding the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/26/21 were as follows:

79 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 41 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 17 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 47 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 1 Ruddy Duck. 2 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday. No Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday. This worked out to an average take of 2.12 ducks per person or, with the Geese figured in the total, 2.15 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued only 17 hunters arrived on time to get their hunting 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.

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