Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/5/22, Saturday 1/8/22, and Sunday 1/9/22

The waterfowl average take at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday shot upward quite a bit from Sunday’s average. Green Wing Teal took over first place for the most birds bagged with Shovelers dropping back to the second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday 1/5/22 were as follows:

120 adult and 6 junior hunters took home 96 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 40 Pintail, 201 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 3 Scaup, 18 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 4 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Wednesday. No Coots were taken at Wister on Wednesday. This came out to an average take of 3.43 ducks per person or, with the Geese added, 3.46 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 34 hunting parties showed up in time to get their spot.

The average waterfowl harvest at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped a bit from Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal retained first place for most birds checked in with Shovelers, again, in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/8/22 were as follows:

212 adult and 8 junior hunters took 81 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 33 Gadwall, 28 Widgeon, 31 Pintail, 205 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 9 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 30 Bufflehead, 2 Mergansers, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. 2 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday. 1 Coot was bagged at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average take of 2.09 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coot added into the total, 2.10 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 38 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 nosedived as compared to Saturday’s average. Green Wing Teal held on to first place for the most birds bagged with Shovelers holding on to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 1/9/22 were as follows:

108 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 20 Northern Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 25 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 7 Bufflehead, 2 Mergansers, and 9 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday. 6 Coots were downed at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average bag of 0.87 ducks per person or, with the Coots worked in to the total, 0.92 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 hunters arrived in 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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