Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 12/29/21, Saturday 1/1/22, and Sunday 1/2/22

The waterfowl average harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday stayed virtually the same as Sunday’s good average. Green Wing Teal retained first place for the most birds checked in with Shovelers, again found in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday 12/29/21 were as follows:

114 adult and 11 junior hunters bagged 44 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 34 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 37 Pintail, 87 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 20 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Blue Wing Teal, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese or Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday. This worked out to an average take of 2.17 ducks per gun and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to add in, 2.17 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 21 hunting parties showed up in time to get their spot.

The average waterfowl bag at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked upward just a hair compared to Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal were still in first place for most birds bagged with Shovelers still occupying the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/1/22 were as follows:

116 adult and 8 junior hunters bagged 57 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 36 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 44 Pintail, 92 Green Wing Teal, 14 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. 1 Canada Goose, 9 Snow Geese, and 2 Ross’ Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday. No Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average bag of 2.39 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese included in the total, 2.48 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 hunting parties came in on time to claim their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped back quite a bit from Saturday’s average. Shovelers took over first place for the most numerous bird bagged with Green Wing Teal sliding back to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/2/22 were as follows:

66 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter took home 26 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 9 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 15 Green Wing Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck. 2 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Sunday. No Coots were taken at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average bag of 1.24 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured in, 1.27 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued only 15 hunters showed up 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 –

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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