Wister 2021/2022 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2021/2022 season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area revealed the following stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.

5239 adult and 289 junior hunters (5528 hunters total) checked in a total of 1650 Northern Shovelers, 216 Mallards, 680 Gadwall, 784 Widgeon, 1447 Pintail, 3291 Green Wing Teal, 1271 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Redheads, 23 Canvasbacks, 190 Ring Necks, 39 Scaup, 317 Bufflehead, 17 Goldeneyes, 30 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Wood Ducks, 0 Surf Scooters, 17 Mergansers, and 331 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were 0 Cackling Geese, 16 Canada Geese, 3 Ross’ Geese, 481 Snow Geese, and 11 White Front Geese bagged at Wister this season. 174 Coots were checked in for the 2021/2022 season. This worked out to a total of 10851 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in, 11025 waterfowl. The per hunter average take for 2021/2022 figured out to 1.96 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.99 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 63 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 113 fewer junior hunters for a total of 176 fewer hunters accommodated in the 2021/2022 season compared to the 2020/2021 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt weekend and the Veteran/Active Duty Military personnel for the special military post-season hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were -432 Northern Shovelers, -146 Mallards, -580 Gadwall, +424 Widgeon, -159 Pintail, -14 Green Wing Teal, -761 Cinnamon Teal, -77 Redheads, -4 Canvasbacks, +74 Ring Necks, no change for Scaup (39 this season, 39 last season), +28 Bufflehead, +3 Goldeneyes, -7 Wood Ducks, -1 Blue Wing Teal, +4 Mergansers, -5 Surf Scooters (0 this season), and -44 Ruddy Ducks.
As for the Geese numbers, there were -2 Cackling Goose (0 this season), +12 Canada Geese, -69 Ross’ Geese, +17 Snow Geese, and +11 White Front Geese (0 last season).
There was also -59 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -1736 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -1795 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.25 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.26 waterfowl this season over last season.

So, this season shows a decrease in almost all of the species of waterfowl taken, some very substantially, with only Widgeon, Ring Necks, Bufflehead, Goldeneyes, Mergansers, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, and White Front Geese showing any increase. Of the species that showed an increase, only Widgeon showed any substantial increase with all the others only slightly increasing. However, many of the species that showed a decrease had quite a substantial decrease. Also, the stats show a slight drop-off in hunters utilizing Wister this season compared to last. Hopefully, we’ll get some weather up north early next season to drive the birds south. Also hopefully, we’ll have a large breeding population this year and more birds migrating down next season. Hope to see you out there next season.

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