Hunt Results for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 11/2/22, Saturday – 11/5/22, and Sunday – 11/6/22

The waterfowl take for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday rocketed upward from Sunday’s good average, although to qualify this there was only one hunter on Wednesday. Cinnamon Teal took the first spot for most birds harvested with Green Wing Teal taking the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Wednesday, 11/2/22 were as follows:

1 adult and no junior hunters bagged 2 Green Wing Teal, and 5 Cinnamon Teal. No Geese or Coots were checked in on Wednesday. This figured out to an average bag of 7.00 ducks per gun and, of course with no Geese or Coots to add into the total, a 7.00 waterfowl average for the lone hunter. Reservations are done through the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area and can be used for either Wister or Sonny Bono. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 30 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday nosedived from Wednesday’s great average. Pintail took over the first position for most birds checked in with Snow Geese found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Saturday, 11/5/22 were as follows:

12 adult and 2 junior hunters took home 1 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 1 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Blue Wing Teal. 3 Snow Geese were also checked in at Sonny Bono on Saturday. This worked out to a per-hunter average of 0.79 ducks and, with the Geese included, 1.00 waterfowl per gun. Reservations are done through the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area and can be used for either Wister or Sonny Bono. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 36 hunting parties arrived on time to claim their spots.

The average waterfowl bag for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Sunday dropped even further from Saturday’s poor average. Snow Geese took over the first spot for most birds taken with Shovelers found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Sunday, 11/6/22 were as follows:

8 adult and no junior hunters bagged 2 Northern Shovelers. 3 Snow Geese were checked in at Sonny Bono on Sunday. This came out to an average bag of 0.25 ducks per person and, with the Geese included in the total, 0.63 waterfowl per gun. Reservations are done through the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area and can be used for either Wister or Sonny Bono. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 18 hunting parties showed up in time to get their hunting spots.

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. If you would like a reservation for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge you have to request a Wister reservation through the California DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS) which can be used at Wister or Sonny Bono (check-in for your spot at Sonny Bono at the Wister Check station). 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 at Wister 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.

Also, just a reminder. Kern NWR has delayed their opener until Saturday, November 19, 2022, due to water issues so there will be no report on Kern’s results until after that date.

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